COVID-19 Vaccine To Be Provided Free Of Cost Across India

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that the Covid-19 vaccine will be provided free of cost across the country.

The announcement comes amid a dry run for coronavirus vaccination is underway in all the States and Union Territories.

“Not just in Delhi, it will be free across the country,” he said.

A mock drill of the Covid-19 vaccination drive is being conducted across all states and Union Territories on Saturday. The drive will assess the ability and readiness to administer shots to hundreds of millions of people by testing the preparedness for the vaccine rollout.

Earlier in the day, the Union Health Minister had appealed people not to pay heed to rumours and sad that ensuring the safety and efficacy of the vaccine is the government’s priority. “Different kinds of rumours were spread during polio immunisation but people took the vaccine and India is now polio-free,” he added.

On Friday, a government-appointed panel of experts approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for emergency use and will send its recommendations to the country’s drugs regulator, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

The first round of the dry run was conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Punjab on 28-29 December 2020 in two districts each where five-session sites with 25 beneficiaries each were identified.

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