If you’re above 18, you can get COVID vaccine from May 1

Here are five things to remember as you prepare to get registered and vaccinated: 
Everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 from May 1, the central government issued orders. The Centre has 'liberalised' the vaccination drive to allow states, private hospitals and industrial establishments to procure the doses directly from manufacturers.
  1. Under the third phase of the vaccination drive commencing next month, the vaccine manufacturers would supply 50 per cent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to the central government and would be free to supply the remaining 50 per cent doses to state governments and in the open market.
2) Manufacturers would have to make an advance declaration of the price for 50% supply that would be available to the state governments and in the open market before May 1, 2021.
3) 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. Private Vaccination providers shall transparently declare their self-set vaccination price. The eligibility through this channel would be opened up to all adults, i.e. everyone above the age of 18.
4) 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.
5) All vaccination would be part of the National Vaccination Programme, and mandated to follow all protocol such as being captured on CoWIN platform, linked to AEFI reporting and all other prescribed norms. Stocks and price per vaccination applicable in all vaccination centres will also have to be reported real-time.
6) Besides this, priority will be given to administering the second dose of all existing priority groups, that is, healthcare and other frontline workers and those above 45 years, the Centre said.

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