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Covid Vaccination in India: Record 69 Lakh Covid Vaccine Doses Administered on Day One of Revised Guidelines | India News


NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry said Monday that nearly 81 lakh doses of vaccine were administered across the country through the evening of the first day the revised guidelines for Covid-19 vaccination came into effect.
It is the highest number of doses administered in one day since the vaccination campaign began on January 16.
“The central government is starting the ‘free vaccination campaign for all’ for all Indians starting today. The biggest beneficiary of this phase of India’s vaccination campaign will be the poor, the middle class and the youth of the country. . vaccinate. Together we will defeat Covid-19, “said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Center will take over the existing Covid vaccination campaign, which states have been running in part since May 1.
The Center’s new policy came days after the Supreme Court criticized the ongoing vaccination campaign for the 18-44 age group, calling it “arbitrary and irrational.”
According to the revised guidelines, vaccine doses provided free of charge by the Center will be allocated to states and UTs based on criteria such as population, disease burden, and vaccination progress, and everyone over the age of 18 years will be eligible for the free program. hits.
The Center will now purchase 75 percent of the vaccines produced by the country’s manufacturers.
Previously, the Center allowed state and private hospitals to purchase 50 percent of vaccines following demands to decentralize the process.
To incentivize production by vaccine manufacturers and encourage new vaccines, domestic vaccine manufacturers have the option of also providing vaccines directly to private hospitals. This would be restricted to 25 percent of its monthly production, the new guidelines indicated.
Within the population group of citizens over 18 years of age, the states and UTs can decide their own prioritization taking into account the vaccine supply program, according to the revised guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.
The states and UT would aggregate demand from private hospitals taking into account the equitable distribution between large and small private hospitals and regional balance, they said.
Covid vaccination in the country began with the vaccination of all healthcare workers as of January 16.
The program was expanded over time to include vaccination of frontline workers, citizens over 60, citizens over 45, and eventually citizens over 18.
Under the National Covid Vaccination Program, from January 16 to April 30, the government of India purchased 100 percent of the vaccine doses and provided them at no cost to state governments.
In turn, state governments were asked to administer vaccination at no cost to defined priority groups.
To increase the rate of vaccination, the participation of private hospitals was also enlisted where people could also choose to get vaccinated at a prescribed rate, the ministry said.
In response to suggestions from many state governments that they be allowed the flexibility to purchase the vaccine directly and administer it according to their own prioritization based on local requirements.
As of May 1, the Center had been purchasing 50 percent of the vaccine produced and continued to provide it to the states at no cost to administer it to priority groups.
The state government and private hospitals were now also allowed to directly purchase the remaining 50 percent of the vaccine pool.
“However, many states have reported difficulties managing vaccine financing, procurement and logistics, affecting the pace of the National Covid Vaccination Program.”
“It was also observed that the smaller and more remote private hospitals also faced limitations.
“Taking into account these aspects and the repeated requests received from states, the Guidelines for the National Covid Vaccination Program were reviewed and revised and new guidelines were issued on June 8,” the ministry said.

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