Delhi Govt To Provide Covid Vaccines For Free: Kejriwal

Delhi Government to provide free COVID vaccines to everyone above 18 years of age, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, adding that approval has given for purchase of 1.34 crore doses.

“The 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,” Kejriwal said in an address.

Other states who have decided to provide free vaccines include Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana, Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal, among several others. The Delhi Chief Minister further urged people to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, stating that vaccinated people are less likely to get the infection and the people who do get it have mild symptoms.

He also hit out at the varying price of the vaccines, saying “One manufacturer has said that it will cost Rs 400, another has said Rs 600. The Centre is getting it at Rs 150. I believe that this price should be the same.” Speaking about profits being made by the vaccine manufacturers, Kejriwal said, “This is not the time to make a profit. This is the time to help.”

The Centre on April 19 had announced a “liberalised” policy, making all above 18 years of age eligible to get vaccinated from May 1. It has also allowed state governments and private hospitals to purchase vaccines from manufacturers. As per the central government, manufacturers of Covid-19 vaccines will be free to supply 50 per cent doses to state governments and in the open market, for which they will have to make an advance declaration of the price before May 1.

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