Everyone in Maharashtra to get COVID-19 vaccine for free.
This was announced by Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik.
This announcement by the Maharashtra Government came on Sunday, the day India reported over 3 lakh cases for the fourth straight day.
Maharshtra minister Nawab Malik said that all in the age group of 18-45 would be inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines free of cost.
“The Centre had earlier announced vaccination for all citizens above 18 years with the caveat that the expenditure for the inoculation for citizens between 18-45 years will have to borne by the State governments. In the last Cabinet meeting, we discussed this issue and it was unanimously decided that the State would provide for the vaccination of all citizens in the 18-45 age group,” he said.
Maharashtra cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray said that the decision was taken as the State Government considers protecting the citizens from COVID-19 as of “utmost importance”.
“The Govt of Maharashtra has decided to vaccinate its citizens free of cost. This is not something that we think of as a choice, but a duty that we consider of utmost importance: protecting the citizens from covid,” Maharashtra cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted.
The Maharashtra Government would float a global tender “to get the best vaccine at the most competitive price”.
“The Centre has taken control of oxygen supply to various states. We have requested it to at least maintain the earlier quota of 250 metric tons,” Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said.