Everyone above 18 can get Covid-19 vaccine from May 1 in phase 3 of vaccination drive: Highlights - Times of India
NEW DELHI: Everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine in phase 3 of the vaccination drive May 1 onwards, announced the Centre on Monday as the government liberalises India's vaccination strategy amidst a surging second wave\
NEW DELHI: Everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine in phase 3 of the vaccination drive May 1 onwards, announced the Centre on Monday as the government liberalises India's vaccination strategy amidst a surging second wave of coronavirus.
The decision to liberalize and accelerate the phase 3 strategy of the national Covid-19 vaccination program came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting with the country's top doctors.
States can procure vaccines directly from manufacturers
* Vaccine manufacturers can supply 50 per cent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to the government.
* Manufacturers will be free to supply the remaining 50 per cent doses to states and in the open market.
* The 50-50 division between government and non-government channels would be applicable on all vaccines manufactured in the country.
* However, the 50-50 rule will not apply on the imported vaccines. Manufacturers of imported vaccines are free to sell doses directly to states and private players.
Vaccines in government centres continue to be free of cost
* Vaccination shall continue as before in government vaccination centres, provided free of cost to the eligible population i.e. Health Care Workers (HCWs), Front Line Workers (FLWs) and all people above 45 years of age.
* Second dose of all existing priority groups i.e. HCWs, FLWs and population above 45 years, wherever it has become due, would be given priority.
* All vaccination (through government and other channels) would be part of the National Vaccination Programme.
* All vaccination is mandated to follow all protocol such as being captured on the CoWIN platform, linked to AEFI reporting and all other prescribed norms.
* Stocks and price per vaccination applicable in all vaccination centres will also have to be reported in real-time.
Covid-19 vaccine price: Manufacturers to make advance declaration
* Manufacturers would transparently make an advance declaration of the price for 50 per cent supply that would be available to states and in the open market, before May 1.
* Based on this price, state governments, private hospitals, industrial establishments etc. would be able to procure vaccine doses from the manufacturers.
* Private hospitals would have to procure their supplies of Covid-19 vaccine exclusively from the 50 per cent supply earmarked for the non-government channel.
* Private vaccination providers shall transparently declare their self-set vaccination price. The eligibility through this channel would be opened up to all adults, i.e. everyone above the age of 18.
Centre to continue to allocate vaccines to states
* Government from its share will allocate vaccines to states/UTs based on the criteria of the extent of infection (number of active Covid cases) and performance (speed of administration).
* Wastage of vaccine will also be considered in this criteria and will affect the criteria negatively. Based on the above criteria, the state-wise quota will be communicated to the states in advance.
Until now, in phase two of the vaccination drive, only people above the age of 45 were eligible for an anti-Covid vaccine. The government had started the vaccination drive in January this year by prioritizing health and front line workers in phase one of the vaccination rollout.