PM Narendra Modi takes an important decision of allowing vaccination to everyone above the age of 18 from 1st May.
From 1st May 2021, Vaccine manufacturers would supply 50% of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to Govt. of India and would be free to supply the remaining 50% doses to State Govts. and in the open market.
Manufacturers would transparently make an advance declaration of the price for 50% supply that would be available to State Govts. and in open market. Based on this price, States, pvt hospitals, industrial establishments etc can procure vaccine doses from the manufacturers.
Private Hospitals would have to procure their supplies of Covid-19 vaccine exclusively from the 50% supply earmarked for other than Govt. of India channel. The eligibility through this channel would be opened up to all adults, i.e. everyone above the age of 18.
Vaccination shall continue as before in Govt. of India vaccination centres, provided free of cost to the eligible population as defined earlier i.e. Health Care Workers (HCWs), Front Line Workers (FLWs) and all people above 45 years of age