Joining the increasing number of states in announcing free vaccination for people from 18 to 45 years, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the State government will bear the entire cost of inoculation of all people in the age bracket. Vaccination for people in this age group will start from May 1.
Delhi will vaccinate all above 18 free of cost, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today. Vaccinations will be open to all adults from Saturday.
“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,” Mr Kejriwal announced.
This is likely to be only for Delhi Government-run hospitals. Those going to private hospitals will still have to pay for their Covid shots.
At a time when the centre has abdicated all responsibility for care for its citizens, this initiative from states is praiseworthy.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday also announced the State government will bear the entire cost of inoculation of all people in the age bracket. Vaccination for people in this age group will start from May 1.
Odisha government on Sunday ordered over 3.87 crore doses of vaccines. While 10.34 lakh doses of Covaxin has been ordered from Bharat Biotech, 377 lakh doses of Covishield will be procured from Serum Institute of India. Covishield will be administered to the people across Odisha except the areas under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation where only Covaxin will be available.
Navin Patnaik in his address said that the country as well as the State is passing through a war-like situation, the Chief Minister said that the country is reporting lakhs of COVID-19 cases for the last several days. Lakhs of people are getting infected and thousands are dying every day, he said and added that the worsening situation is putting pressure on the health system of the country.
More and more states are announcing free vaccines for all above the age of 18 years. The trend was started by Kerala as soon as PM Modi announced vaccination from May 1.
Addressing the people of the State, Naveen said that around two crore population will benefit from the decision. The State government will spend Rs 2,000 crore on procuring the vaccines. “You will not have to spend anything for your vaccination. This is the responsibility of the government. But you will also have to take your own responsibility by adhering to all the COVID-19 guidelines,” he added.
India is under emergency. Indians are struggling for medical help amid the second wave of COVID-19. The hospitals are crumbling under heavy caseload and shortage of ventilators, oxygen cylinder and hospital staff. The situation is especially grim in Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.