Centralised free COVID-19 vaccination policy has begun today. Under this policy, the Centre will provide COVID-19 vaccines free of cost to all state governments for inoculating population above 18 years of age. Prior to this, the Centre was paying for vaccination healthcare and frontline workers and for people aged above 45 years.
NITI Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul said that due to the Centre’s recent COVID-19 vaccination decision, there is likely to be a rise in participation of private sector and vaccination sites are likely to increase. “There will be a systemic flow of vaccines to the private sector as well. I am hopeful that in this way, there will be a lot of energy in the participation of the private sector and vaccination sites will increase,” Dr Paul said.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the Centre will provide free COVID-19 vaccination to all above 18 years of age.