Covid: Delhi to vaccinate all above 18 years for free

at 1:05 pm
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi (NVI) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that all above 18 years of age in the national capital will be vaccinated for free, as India gears for next stage of Covid-19 vaccination from May 1.

The registration for vaccination for all above 18 years will begin from April 28 on CoWin platform and Aarogya Setu app.

Addressing a virtual press conference, Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has given approval to buy 1.34 crore Covid vaccines and that it will make sure the vaccine is purchased as soon as possible and administered to the people.

However, the latest announcement caters to only Government-run hospitals and people going for vaccination at private hospitals will have to pay. In his address, CM Kejriwal also urged the vaccine-makers to bring down the price of vaccine for state governments.

Pertinent to mention here, that Serum Institute of India (SII) has set its Covishield vaccine price at Rs 400 per dose to state governments and Rs 600 to private hospitals.

On the other hand, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has announced its Covaxin price for states at Rs 600 and private hospitals at Rs 1,200.

The AAP leader further noted that coronavirus does not cause serious health issues in people who have been vaccinated and such patients normally do not require hospitalisation.

Meanwhile, the one week lockdown, that was to end at 5 am today has been extended by another week till next Monday, Delhi grapples with shortage of oxygen and beds. Like some other parts across the country, Delhi has also been witnessing a huge surge in daily cases and deaths.