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BREAKING | India Corona Vaccination Phase 3: People Aged Above 18 Yrs To Be Eligible For Covid-19 Vaccine From May 1

<p><strong>New Delhi: </strong>Everyone above the age of 18 years has been made eligible to take Covid-19 Vaccine. The new phase of inoculation drive will begin from May 1, the centre announced on Monday.</p> <p>The important decision of allowing vaccination to everyone above the age of 18 from May 1 was taken in a meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ALSO READ |&nbsp;<span style="color: #e03e2d;"><a style="color: #e03e2d;" href="https://news.abplive.com/news/india/former-pm-manmohan-singh-admitted-to-aiims-after-testing-covid-19-positive-rahul-gandhi-wishes-speedy-recovery-1453806">Former PM Manmohan Singh Admitted To AIIMS After Testing Covid Positive; Rahul Gandhi Wishes Speedy Recovery</a></span></strong><br /><br />In the meeting, PM Modi said that the Government has been working hard for over a year to ensure that maximum numbers of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible time. He added that India is vaccinating people at a world record pace and that the nation will continue this with even greater momentum.</p> <p>Several other important decisions have been taken in this meeting. These include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Pricing, Procurement, Eligibility and Administration of vaccines being made flexible in Phase 3.</li> <li>All stakeholders given flexibility to customise to local needs.</li> <li>Vaccine manufacturers incentivized to further scale up their production, as well as attract new national and international players.</li> <li>Vaccine manufacturers empowered to release up to 50% of their supply to Stategovernments and in the open market at a pre-declared price.</li> <li>States empowered to procure additional vaccine doses directly from the manufacturers, as well as open up vaccination to any category of people above the age of 18 for the same.</li> </ul> <p>Besides this, the nationwide vaccination drive will continue as before, providing free vaccination for essential and priority populations as defined earlier i.e HCWs, FLWs, and population above 45 years.</p> <p>Phase-I of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy was launched on January 16 this year, prioritising protection for Health Care Workers (HCWs) and Front Line Workers...

<p><strong>New Delhi: </strong>Everyone above the age of 18 years has been made eligible to take Covid-19 Vaccine. The new phase of inoculation drive will begin from May 1, the centre announced on Monday.</p> <p>The important decision of allowing vaccination to everyone above the age of 18 from May 1 was taken in a meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ALSO READ |&nbsp;<span style="color: #e03e2d;"><a style="color: #e03e2d;" href="https://news.abplive.com/news/india/former-pm-manmohan-singh-admitted-to-aiims-after-testing-covid-19-positive-rahul-gandhi-wishes-speedy-recovery-1453806">Former PM Manmohan Singh Admitted To AIIMS After Testing Covid Positive; Rahul Gandhi Wishes Speedy Recovery</a></span></strong><br /><br />In the meeting, PM Modi said that the Government has been working hard for over a year to ensure that maximum numbers of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible time. He added that India is vaccinating people at a world record pace and that the nation will continue this with even greater momentum.</p> <p>Several other important decisions have been taken in this meeting. These include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Pricing, Procurement, Eligibility and Administration of vaccines being made flexible in Phase 3.</li> <li>All stakeholders given flexibility to customise to local needs.</li> <li>Vaccine manufacturers incentivized to further scale up their production, as well as attract new national and international players.</li> <li>Vaccine manufacturers empowered to release up to 50% of their supply to Stategovernments and in the open market at a pre-declared price.</li> <li>States empowered to procure additional vaccine doses directly from the manufacturers, as well as open up vaccination to any category of people above the age of 18 for the same.</li> </ul> <p>Besides this, the nationwide vaccination drive will continue as before, providing free vaccination for essential and priority populations as defined earlier i.e HCWs, FLWs, and population above 45 years.</p> <p>Phase-I of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy was launched on January 16 this year, prioritising protection for Health Care Workers (HCWs) and Front Line Workers (FLWs).</p> <p>As systems and processes stabilized, Phase-II was initiated from March 1, focusing on protecting our most vulnerable i.e. all people above 45 years of age, accounting for more than 80% of Covid mortality in the country. The private sector was also roped in to boost capacity.&nbsp;</p> <p>As previously stated, this policy would come into effect from May 1 and will be reviewed from time to time as informed by the central government.</p>

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