Explained: New guideline for vaccination is effective from today, know how easy will these be ?

The Center has issued a new guideline to provide free vaccination to all the people of 18+. You can read the answers to all the questions arising in your mind related to vaccination here

Explained: New guideline for vaccination is effective from today, know how easy will these be ?

The new policy of Covid vaccination has come into force in the country from today. Now all persons above 18 years of age are being vaccinated free of cost by the center at the government centers. In his address to the nation on June 7, PM Modi had announced to provide free vaccination for people above the age of 18 in all states from June 21. New guidelines have also been issued for this.

Now what changes have been made in the guideline

Earlier, if the states had not made vaccination free, then people in the age group of 18 to 44 years could have to pay. But now free vaccination is being done at all government centers across the country. Earlier, the center was buying only 50 percent of the total production from vaccine manufacturers. 75 percent of the shares will be bought by the Center from these companies. Earlier 25 percent of the vaccine was to be bought by the states, now the state governments have no role in the procurement of vaccination.

It is not mandatory to register on the Covin App

According to the new guidelines, it is not mandatory to register on the Covin app before visiting the vaccination center. You can also do on-spot registration by visiting the vaccination center as per your convenience. However, the government has not made any changes in the Covin portal. If you want, you can register even before going to the center.

Highlights of the new guidelines for vaccination

  • The free-of-cost vaccine given by the central government to the states will be applied on a priority basis.First health care workers, then front line workers, then people above 45 years of age, people who are to be given the second dose of vaccine and then people of 18 years or above. 

  • The Government of India will inform the states and union territories in advance about the dose of vaccine to be supplied to them. Similarly, the states and union territories will also inform the district and vaccination centers in advance about the dosage to be given to them. So that it can be made more visible and convenient.

  • E-vouchers will be provided by the government to the economically weaker sections. Through this voucher, these people can also get free vaccines in private hospitals. However, the Center has also appealed that financially capable people should get the vaccine done by paying money in private hospitals.

    What is the maximum price for private hospitals?

    The government has also fixed the maximum price charged by private hospitals for the three COVID vaccines available in the country. Under this, private hospitals can charge Rs 780 for Covishield, Rs 1410 for Covaxin and a maximum of Rs 1145 for Sputnik-V. This is the cost of one dose of the vaccine. Apart from this, private hospitals can charge you up to Rs 150 as a service charge. The Health Ministry has asked all the states that if the private immunization centers charge more than the prescribed price for vaccines, then appropriate strict action should be taken against them.

    How much will the free vaccination cost

    For the new vaccine policy, now the government will need 45-50 thousand crore rupees. In this year's general budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a provision of Rs 35,000 crore for the purchase of the vaccine. On the other hand, PM Modi has announced to continue the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) till November this year. Expenditure of up to 1.1-1.3 lakh crore can be incurred on this scheme in this financial year.