Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced free vaccines for all above 18 years of age.
In his address to the nation on Monday, PM Narendra Modi said that starting June 21, all citizens above the age of 18 years will get free vaccines.
“The Centre will buy 75% of the total vaccine production from vaccine manufacturers and give it free to the state governments,” PM Modi announced.
PM Modi also said that vaccine supply would be increased significantly in the country in coming days.
He said: “Vaccine supply will be increasing in the coming days. Seven companies in the country are producing different vaccines, 3 vaccine trials at advanced stage.”
PM Modi also announced a centralized vaccine policy, saying that the Centre will take over the 25 percent of vaccination work from the State Governments.
“25% of vaccination work with states will now be handled by the Centre. It will be implemented across the Country within next two weeks,” PM Modi said.
Modi said private sector hospitals can continue to procure 25 per cent of vaccines, but their service charge would be capped at Rs 150 per dose over fixed price of the vaccine.