Centre to bear cost for vaccination of 3 cr health workers in 1st phase: PM

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New Delhi (NVI): In his virtual interaction with Chief Ministers of States ahead of January 16 Covid-19 vaccine rollout, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that in the first phase, the cost of vaccination of 3 crore corona warriors and frontline workers would be borne by the Central Government.

The Prime Minister also made it clear that public representatives will not part of 3-crore corona-warriors, frontline workers to be vaccinated first.

“In the first phase, vaccines will be given to frontline workers, health workers, safai karamcharis, people in defence services, etc. In the second phase, those above 50 years and those under 50 years with co-morbid conditions will be vaccinated,” he said.

“The most important thing in this vaccination campaign is the identification and monitoring of those who have to be vaccinated. For this, a digital platform named Co-WIN has also been created using modern technology,” PM said.

Apart from that, he said that the two already approved made-in-India Covid-19 vaccines are most cost-effective than any other vaccine in the world and have been developed as per the country’s needs.

“From January 16, India will begin the world’s biggest vaccination campaign. It is a matter of pride that the two vaccines which have been given approval for emergency use are made in India,” he said.

At the same time, PM said that people must continue to follow COVID protocols during the vaccination campaign. “All States and UTs must ensure that rumors around the vaccination program are not allowed to spread,” he added.

Notably, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given authorisation to two coronavirus vaccines — Covishield by Serum Institute of India and Covaxin by Bharat Biotech, so far.

Speaking after his virtual interaction with Chief Minister, PM said that apart from the two already approved vaccines, four others are in pipeline.

-ARK