#Breaking: Govt Allows Vaccination For All Adults From May 1
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The central government has announced it would open up vaccination to everyone over 18 from May 1. The central government, which has been coming under pressure from states to liberalise vaccination criteria to allow adults of all ages to take the vaccine, made the decision to open up its vaccination campaign at a meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired.

“Government has been working hard for over a year to ensure that maximum numbers of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible of time,” he said at the meeting. The new set of decisions allows state governments the flexibility to customise the campaign to suit their own needs, so long as the beneficiaries are adults over 18.

The central government's vaccination programme however will continue as before—for health workers, the elderly and adults over 45.

Here are the important decisions that were taken at the meeting:

—Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination from May 1.

—Pricing, Procurement, Eligibility and Administration of vaccines being made flexible in Phase 3 of the World’s Largest Vaccination drive.

—All stakeholders given flexibility to customise to local needs.

—Vaccine manufacturers incentivised to further scale up their production, as well as attract new national and international players.

—Vaccine manufacturers empowered to release up to 50% of their supply to state governments and in the open market at a pre-declared price.

—States empowered to procure additional vaccine doses directly from the manufacturers, as well as open up vaccination to any category of people above the age of 18 for the same.

—Government of India’s vaccination drive to continue as before, providing free vaccination for essential and priority populations as defined earlier i.e HCWs, FLWs and population above 45 years.

Source:
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/india-to-open-up-covid-vaccination-for-all-adults-over-18-from-may-1-241289
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