Centre-controlled free coronavirus vaccination for adults from today

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Coronavirus vaccination free for all from today (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Coronavirus vaccination free for all from today (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

New Delhi : From today onwards, all citizens of India above 18 years of age can get free vaccination against coronavirus at all government facilities.

On June 7, PM Narendra Modi had announced that the vaccination will be completely handled by the Central government and it will provide free vaccines to the citizens of India.

PM had said that 75% of the coronavirus vaccines will be procured by the government and then it will be distributed to states as per requirement and other factors.

25% of the total vaccine production can be purchased by the private hospitals directly.

All citizens entitled to free vaccination

As per the new guidelines, all vaccine doses will be allocated to the states and union territories based on their population, number of COVID-19 cases and progress made in vaccination.

Vaccine manufacturers would have to declare the price of all doses for private hospitals as well.

All citizens are entitled to free vaccination, and people who can pay are encouraged to get themselves vaccinated at private hospital’s vaccination centres.

All government and private vaccination centres would also provide onsite registration facility.

The Centre also capped charges for coronavirus vaccines at private hospital. The maximum price that can be charged per dose by private vaccine centres is Rs 780 for Covishield, Rs 1,410 for Covaxin and Rs 1,145 for Sputnik V.

How to get the vaccine shot?

People can either register on CoWin portal or can simply walk in to the vaccine centre near them. They will have to carry their Aadhaar Card with them.