Now, Madhya Pradesh Announces Free COVID Vaccine For All Above 18
Madhya Pradesh will offer the COVID-19 vaccine free of cost from May 1, when India's vaccination drive will widen to include all people over the age of 18, becoming the latest state to do so.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday afternoon chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Yesterday, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted that the state will give "FREE vaccines to everyone from 18-45 years". A few hours later, at a cabinet meeting chaired by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who tested COVID positive last week, a decision was taken to offer COVID vaccine free of cost.
The centre on Monday announced that all adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination from May 1 while private hospitals and states will be able to buy doses directly from manufacturers.
The decisions aimed at scaling up inoculation came as a deadly second wave of coronavirus is sweeping the country, with record surge in COVID-19 cases. Several states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan demanded that the age restriction of 45 years be removed for the vaccination.