The Delhi government on Monday announced that it will provide free vaccines to everyone above the age of 18.
“Delhi government has decided to provide free vaccines to everyone above 18 years of age. Today we have given the approval for the purchase of 1.34 crore vaccines. We will make an effort to ensure that it is purchased soon and administered at the earliest to people,” Kejriwal announced.
He also appealed to the vaccine manufacturers to bring down prices, saying it was time to help humanity and not to earn profit. He said, “There should not be different prices of Covid-19 vaccines; this is not time for profiteering.”
Vaccinations will be open to all adults from May 1.
This is likely to be only for Delhi Government-run hospitals. Those going to private hospitals will still have to pay for their Covid shots.
“One manufacturer has said that he will provide vaccine to the states at Rs 400 and another has said he will do so at Rs 600. Both have said they will provide the vaccine to the Centre at the rate of Rs 150. I believe there should be one price of the vaccine.”
He said that in view of the pandemic, the Centre should if need be, cap the vaccine prices to bring the rate down.
Kejriwal also said that there were reports of Covid-19 infections and loss of life in the below 18 age group and emphasised finding out a proper vaccine for them.
Vaccines have emerged as a solution to the pandemic, the chief minister said and added that experts believed that England succeeded in stemming the wave and intensity of infections through large-scale vaccination.
If everyone is administered the vaccine then Covid-19 will be rendered an ordinary disease, he added.