Government To Open Vaccination For All Citizens Over 18 Years Of Age From 1st May

 Government to open vaccination for all citizens over 18 years of age from 1st May

As of May 1, vaccination will be introduced for all citizens over 18 years of age, the Indian government announced on April 19. Previously, vaccination was limited to citizens over 45 years of age. All citizens over the age of 18 are eligible for a vaccination against COVID-19, the government said in a statement.

Vaccine manufacturers will be empowered to sell 50 percent of their offerings on the open market to state governments at a predetermined price, it said. They will also be incentivized to expand their production to attract new national and international players, the statement added.

Private vaccination providers can specify their own vaccination prices. Private hospitals can ensure their supply of COVID-19 vaccines up to 50 percent of that of other governments through the All India Channel, the center added. Manufacturers will have to give advance notice as of 1 May 2021 of the price at which 50 percent of the supply will be available to state governments and on the open market. Based on the price, state governments, private hospitals, and industrial companies could get vaccine doses directly from manufacturers, the center said.

Pricing, procurement, eligibility, and management of vaccines will be made more flexible during Phase 3 of the world's largest vaccination campaign, the central government said, adding that stakeholders will be given the flexibility to adapt to local needs. The funding channel is open to all adults. Vaccination will continue in the central government's vaccination centers and will be made available to the population free of charge, as defined earlier i.e. Health Care Workers (HCWs), Front Line Workers (FLWs), and all people above 45 years of age. 

States will be empowered to procure additional vaccine doses from manufacturers to open the vaccine category to people over 18, the statement said.