Vaccine For All Above 18 Starting May 1
Vaccinations will be opened to all above 18 from May 1, the government announced today after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of meetings over India's response to record daily surges in Covid cases.
All adults will be vaccinated and states can buy vaccines directly from makers in the "liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination", the government said on a day the country reported a new high of 2.73 lakh cases in a day.
India began inoculating people in January using two Covid vaccines - Serum Institute of India's Covishield developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and Bharat Biotech's made-in-India Covaxin. So far, the government had allowed vaccinations only for health workers, frontline workers and those above 45 in a centrally controlled process.
In recent weeks, states like Maharashtra, Delhi and Punjab had called for opening up vaccinations and had also complained about running out of vaccine stocks.