Free Covid vaccination to all above 18 in Delhi – CM Arvind Kejriwal.

Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, announced that vaccination will be free for all in Delhi. Meanwhile, the Delhi government has also given approval for ordering 1.34 crore vaccines for the people. The vaccination for above 18 years of age begins from May 1, which is restricted to 45 years of age & above as of now.

“Delhi government has decided to provide free vaccines to everyone above 18 years of age. Today we have given the approval for the purchase of 1.34 crore vaccines. We will make an effort to ensure that it is purchased soon and administered at the earliest to people,” said Arvind Kejriwal in a press briefing.

“I appeal to vaccine manufacturers to bring down the price to ₹ 150/dose. You have an entire lifetime to earn profits. This is not the time to do that when there is a raging pandemic. I also appeal to the Central government to cap the price (of vaccines) if needed,” said Arvind Kejriwal

“One vaccine producer said that they’ll provide vaccines to the state governments at ₹ 400 a dose and the second producer said that they’ll provide at ₹ 600 a dose. Both of them will keep the price at ₹ 150 a dose for the central government. I hope the prices remain the same for all,” he added.

Recently, the SSI (Serum Institute of India) announced their vaccine prices with 50% of production to be given to the central government at ₹150/per dose, rest 50% to be given to the state governments and private hospitals at ₹400/per dose and ₹600/per dose respectively. On the other hand, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will cost ₹600/per dose for the state governments and ₹1200/per dose for the private hospitals.

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