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Provide free Covid-19 vaccination to everyone over 18 in Bengal after May 5: Mamata Banerjee | India News


DAKSHIN DINAJPUR: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that free Covid-19 vaccination will be provided to everyone over the age of 18 in the state after May 5.
At a public meeting in Tapan, the prime minister said: “The result of the West Bengal assembly elections will arrive on May 2. We will provide free Covid vaccination to everyone over the age of 18 in Bengal after May 5.” .
Banerjee’s comment comes in the context of a new debate across the country over the price of Covid-19 vaccines.
The Serum Institute of India (SII) on Wednesday set prices for the “Covishield” vaccine at Rs 400 per dose for state governments and Rs 600 per dose for private hospitals.
“Following the directives of the Government of India, we are announcing the prices of the Covishield vaccine: 400 rupees per dose for state governments and 600 rupees per dose for private hospitals,” he said.
The SII further said that the company will serve 50 percent of total production to the Government of India’s vaccination program, with the remaining 50 percent of capacity going to state governments and private hospitals.
Following this, opposition parties, including Congress, criticized the Center’s vaccination policy against Covid-19.
All people over the age of 18 will be eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 starting May 1, the central government said on Monday and also liberalized the vaccination campaign to allow states, private hospitals and industrial establishments to purchase the doses directly. from manufacturers.

Times of India