New Delhi: Beneficiaries aged between 18 and 44 years, who will be eligible to get their Covid jabs under Phase 3 starting from May 1, will be allowed to choose from the varied range of Coronavirus vaccines at private centres.
The private vaccination centres will have to make public the COVID-19 vaccine variants available with them and their respective prices so that the beneficiaries can pick the one they want, alleges reports.
Earlier, during Phase 1 and Phase 2 of India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, beneficiaries were not given the freedom to choose the coronavirus vaccine they want.
However, spilling beans about this new development, the head of CoWin platform and Chairperson of empowered committee on COVID-19 vaccination, RS Sharma on April 29, said, “The government centres will continue to vaccinate beneficiaries with whatever vaccines they are getting. And obviously, if they are giving the second dose, they will also have to ensure that the second dose is of the same vaccine as the first dose. Private centres (where people will pay for the jabs) will declare which vaccines they are using and what are the prices of those vaccines.”
He added that the COVID-19 vaccine options available at the private vaccination centres and their prices will be displayed on the CoWin portal itself.
Notably, till April 30, only healthcare and frontline workers and people aged above 45 years will be eligible to get their vaccine shot. From May 1, it will be opened up for all persons aged between 18-45 years.
However, when the country is all set to under its Phase three of ambitious vaccination drive against deadly Coronavirus, most states, including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Punjab have differed to start vaccination for the 18-44 years age group due to a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines.