Giving a New Yearâ€™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. â€œNot just in Delhi, it will be free across the country,â€ he said.
A dry run for coronavirus vaccination is underway in all the States and Union Territories.
Dr Harsh Vardhan tweeted that â€œIn 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 finalizedâ€.
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. â€œDifferent kinds of rumours were spread during polio immunisation but people took the vaccine and India is now polio-free,â€ 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