The center will cover the cost of 30 million health care immunizations and senior staff – staff from all government departments, police and civil society – at the start of the world’s largest coronavirus vaccination program (Covid-19), PM Narendra Modi said on Monday.
According to officials who did not want to be identified, the cost of this section could be ₹ 10,000 crore.
Modi is grateful for the two injections made in India that have received emergency use by the Drug Controller General of India – Covisheld’s Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech International’s Covaxin – as a matter of pride for India because the country does not have to rely on expensive, imported viral antidotes.
In his last video conference with the country’s PM that was five days before the start of the vaccination campaign, Modi said some of the drugs were still in line and were expected to arrive when India started vaccinating the elderly and those with problems.
He also lashed out at previous criticisms that India’s progress in tackling the vaccine was slow. He warned countries not to allow rumors and false information to get money; many interest groups or business competitors may try to disrupt the Indian vaccination program
India aims to vaccinate 300 million people in the first phase of the drive, targeting people over the age of 50 and those under 50 with complications, after shooting paramedics and activists in the vanguard to fight the epidemic that left many dead and affected in India.
Monday’s meeting with the prime minister showed for the first time that the PM had confirmed the guarantee that the Center would adopt a vaccination bill for health workers and advanced workers – two parties who have worked tirelessly for the past 10 months.
PM Modi told the CMs that the number of such employees is about and near to three crore. He also told that the National governments will not have to bear the cost of vaccinating these three crore people in the first phase and that the center will cover these costs.
Commenting on traditional vaccines, the Prime Minister said: “Both of these vaccines are very economical. Just think, if India were to rely on foreign vaccines, what would our situation be like? ”
According to officials who requested anonymity, the government has set aside ₹ 50,000 crore to cover the vaccination campaign while the infrastructure and installation of the vaccine will be used to fund the Covid-19 vaccine program. According to officials, the vaccine will apply in the same way as a standard vaccination program with different dates and limitations for both.
The Prime Minister also stressed that India’s vaccines made in India will go to neighbours and other friendly countries, adding: “We must be responsible.”
There will be further communication between the Prime Minister and countries before vaccinations for the elderly and those with disabilities. It will be the most complex part of the campaign on immunization, access and number of vaccines, including mobile facilities to be deployed in difficult areas.
West Bengal Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee has suggested that sufficient scientific opinions should be obtained before confirming the safety and effectiveness of both vaccines, while also asking for clarification that there may be side effects after vaccination, according to a statement issued by the country’s government.
The organisation said that he also said that a fair number of randomized trials and tests for these tests were needed before the vaccination can be actually done.
Andhra Pradesh Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who also participated in the video conference, said the country’s government was well prepared to roll out the policy.
Karnataka Premier BS BS Yediyurappa said with the 30 million vaccinations starting on January 16, the state would receive about 1.6 million doses in the first phase.
He said that the health, income and police officers will be receiving the first dose and after the first 28 days, the second dose will be given. He also said that there are currently 235 identified centers throughout the country.