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The meeting of the Union Cabinet will be held in a while. Many Union ministers including Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the meeting to be held through video conferencing. Important decisions related to the vaccination drive can be taken in the meeting. Recently, Modi had announced to give free vaccine to all people above 18 years of age. It can get the cabinet’s nod today.
Free vaccination of 18 plus from 21st June
Earlier, on Monday, Prime Minister Modi had announced in a message to the nation that from June 21, those above 18 years of age would also get the benefit of free vaccine. The Ministry of Health has also issued new guidelines for the vaccination program.
According to this, the central government will buy 75% of the doses from vaccine manufacturers and give it to the states free of cost, but the states will have to avoid wasting doses of the vaccine, otherwise the supply will be affected. It has also been said that the price of the vaccine for private hospitals will be declared by the manufacturing companies only.
States will decide the priority for vaccination
The states will have to decide the priority in the number of doses of vaccine that the states will get from the Centre. Healthcare workers will be at the top of this priority. After this, people above 45 years of age and then those people, whose second dose is left, will have to be given priority. After this the number of people above 18 years of age will come. For their vaccination, the state government will be able to decide the priority according to its own.