The vaccination drive will be opened up for all citizens above the age of 18 from May 1, the Government of India announced on April 19. The immunization drive was currently restricted to only citizens aged above 45.
“Everyone above the age of 18 to be eligible to get vaccine against COVID-19,” said a statement issued by the government. “Vaccine manufacturers incentivised to further scale up their production, as well as attract new national and international players,” it added.
“Vaccine manufacturers empowered to release up to 50 percent of their supply to state governments and in the open market at a pre-declared price,” the Centre further stated.
Manufacturers would transparently make an advance declaration of the price for 50 percent supply that would be available to state governments and in open market, before May 1, 2021.
States would be 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, the statement further said.
“The division of vaccine supply 50 percent to Government of India and 50 percent to other than Government of India channel would be applicable uniformly across for all vaccines manufactured in the country,” the Centre clarified.