In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarified all the doubts on India’s vaccination policies. He said that every Indian above 18 years of age will get free vaccination from the Central Government. Narendra Modi said that this decision has been taken after various state governments asked the central government to re-initiate the earlier set-up of free vaccination.
21 जून, सोमवार से देश के हर राज्य में, 18 वर्ष से ऊपर की उम्र के सभी नागरिकों के लिए, भारत सरकार राज्यों को मुफ्त वैक्सीन मुहैया कराएगी।
वैक्सीन निर्माताओं से कुल वैक्सीन उत्पादन का 75 प्रतिशत हिस्सा भारत सरकार खुद ही खरीदकर राज्य सरकारों को मुफ्त देगी: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 7, 2021
Prime Minister, in his address to the nation, said that many state governments raised questions on the procedure of free vaccination which the central government had started from January 17 this year and continued till April end. When these governments asked to hand over the responsibility to the respective state government under the federal system, the central government decided to hand over 25 percent of the vaccination responsibility to these states. However, as they failed to execute the vaccination drive smoothly and started playing the blame game, the central government, once again, decided to re-initiate the earlier system.
Narendra Modi also said that those who want to pay for the vaccine can visit a private hospital. he also said that any private hospital can only change up to Rs 150 on and above the cost of the vaccine from a patient. He said that the responsibility to ensure this norm is practiced would still lie with the state governments.
India has, so far, vaccinated more than 23 crores of its citizens in the last 5 months. This is, by far, one of the highest numbers across nations. The Central government, in its earlier statements, has also ensured the nation that every Indian citizen shall be vaccinated before December 31, 2021.