Giving a New Year’s gift to the citizens Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that the Covid-19 vaccine will be provided free of cost across the country. “Not just in Delhi, it will be free across the country,” he said.
A dry run for coronavirus vaccination is underway in all the States and Union Territories.
Dr Harsh Vardhan tweeted that “In 1st phase of #COVID19Vaccination free vaccine shall be provided across the nation to most prioritised beneficiaries that includes 1 crore healthcare & 2 crore frontline workers Details of how further 27 cr priority beneficiaries are to be vaccinated until July are being finalized”.
The Union Health Minister also appealed to people not to pay heed to rumours and sad that ensuring the safety and efficacy of the vaccine is the government’s priority. “Different kinds of rumours were spread during polio immunisation but people took the vaccine and India is now polio-free,” he added.
The first round of the dry run was conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Punjab on 28-29 December 2020 in two districts each where five-session sites with 25 beneficiaries each were identified