Latest News Update Mumbai: The Decision to Provide free Covid Vaccine to all people in the age group of 18 to 44 in the state was sealed at the state cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The announcement was made by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after the meeting. 5 crore 71 lakh people in the state will benefit from free vaccination.
The Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that discussions have been held with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Health Minister Rajesh Tope and all other key colleagues in this regard.
The Chief Minister Thackeray also clarified that the health department is planning for the vaccination program and the citizens will be given proper prior notice so that there is no unnecessary crowd at the vaccination centers. 5 crore 71 lakh people between the ages of 18 to 44 will have to be vaccinated. It will require 12 crore vaccine doses.
According to the rates announced by Serum and Bharat Biotech, it will cost Rs 6,500 crore. The Cabinet has decided to make such provision. However, Serum and Bharat Biotech have reported that such a large number of vaccines will not be available, so vaccination will not start immediately from May 1, Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope said. The Serum Institute has reportedly given one crore vaccines per month. However, it is difficult to start a vaccination campaign unless we have official stocks, Tope said.
We plan to complete 60 million vaccinations in six months. At present, the state is getting the same amount of vaccine in Pune. From there it takes time to reach the far end of the state i.e. Gadchiroli. Put together eight days of stock, you have demanded. We have spoken to Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, Praveen Darekar and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. Let’s all go to the central government. If their arrival makes a difference, I’m glad. It will benefit the state, Tope said.
Vaccination of Persons Above 45 Years of Age will Continue
Vaccination of persons above 45 years of age will continue. The more vaccines available from the central government, the more vaccines will be given. Vaccines will have to be purchased at a private hospital from May 1. We can vaccinate 8 lakh people every day, that is our capacity. However, it would not be appropriate to start the center and close it, as there is no vaccine, Tope said.
When will I Get the Vaccine?
- The state is currently experiencing a shortage of covacin vaccine and the company has agreed to provide 10 lakh vaccines at a time, but has given a letter stating that it can supply 20 lakh vaccines per month in July and August.
- Covishield vaccines can be obtained up to 10 million doses per month, the company said in a statement.
- Russian vaccine Sputnik is being discussed with the Chief Minister. The vaccine will be included if it is available at the right price and in the right amount.
- Vaccines from Zydus Cadillac and Johnson & Johnson will be supplied between August and September.
The Covishield vaccine will be priced at Rs 300 instead of Rs 400 each and the decision will be implemented immediately, said Adar Poonawala, CEO, Serum Institute. He said the decision was taken in a philanthropic manner. The same vaccine is given to the Central Government by the Serum Institute at Rs. 150 each.