“An order of 50-50 lakh doses has been placed for both indigenous vaccine manufacturers. In addition, the dose will be made available by the Government of India. A comprehensive action plan is being prepared in this regard,” he added.
The Centre on April 19 had introduced a ”liberalised” coverage, making all above 18 years of age eligible to get vaccinated from May 1. It has additionally allowed state governments and personal hospitals to buy vaccines from producers.
As per the central government, producers of Covid-19 vaccines shall be free to provide 50 per cent doses to state governments and within the open market, for which they may have to make an advance declaration of the worth earlier than May 1.
India had began the COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16 with two vaccines — Covishield (Oxford-AstraZeneca‘s vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Covaxin (manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited).
India commenced its second part of the COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate individuals above 60 years and people over 45 with comorbidities in opposition to the coronavirus from March 1.
The third part started on April 1 for all above 45 years of age. In the following part starting May 1, all above the age of 18 could be eligible to obtain the shot.