The third section of the Covid-19 vaccination drive for all adults within the nation begins Saturday as introduced by the Centre earlier this month. Several states, nevertheless, have advised their residents to not line up exterior vaccination centres as but as they haven’t acquired sufficient inventory of the vaccines from producers to kick off this section of the immunisation drive.

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Lav Agarwal, the joint secretary within the Union ministry of well being and household welfare, on Friday assured folks that the Covid-19 immunisation marketing campaign will quickly be operational throughout all areas of the nation. “Vaccination will likely be launched tomorrow in some states, which have already coordinated with producers. Any new workout routines or course of takes time to select up the tempo and step by step extra centres will likely be elevated. The programme will stabilise in a while,” Agarwal said, according to news agency PTI.

The official’s statement is in line with the decisions of several states and Union territories, including Delhi, Odisha, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and Punjab, which have said they do not have adequate doses of vaccine to start vaccinating individuals in the 18-44 age group and will launch the drive at a later date this month.

Some states have announced Phase 3 of the Covid-19 inoculation drive in selected districts, while some announced vaccination for different age groups also such as those above 35 years.

On Friday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal told people that his government is in touch with the vaccine manufacturers and assured them that the doses will arrive in the city in a day or two following which the campaign will be launched. Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani also made a statement earlier in the week and asserted that the vaccination in the third phase will begin across the state latest by May 15.

Maharashtra government earlier said that it won’t begin the campaign until it receives a substantial number of Covid-19 vaccine vials to inoculate a large number of people eligible in this phase. However, on Friday night, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced five centres in the state’s Mumbai city where vaccination for the age group 18-44 years will begin on Saturday.

People will have to pay for the vaccine doses in this phase but they will be available free of cost at central government hospitals. Manufacturers have been allowed to sell 50% of their doses to the Centre, which will be administered to people for free, and the state governments and private hospitals can procure the remaining at the pre-determined price. Serum Institute of India has priced its vaccine Covishield at 300 per dose for state governments and 600 for personal hospitals and the opposite producer Bharat Biotech will sell its shot Covaxin to state governments for 400 per dose, 1,200 per dose for personal hospitals, and for the worldwide market, the vaccine will likely be offered for $15-20 per dose.

Registrations for Phase Three of the Covid-19 vaccination started on Wednesday night and the instant rush at 4pm, when the registrations opened, led the CoWin portal server to be down for some time.

From May 1, the forms of anti-coronavirus illness vaccines and their costs will likely be displayed on the CoWIN portal for the residents to make an knowledgeable alternative on the time of reserving an appointment at a non-public vaccination centre, in accordance with the Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy doc cited by PTI.


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