The people above 45 years with comorbidities and above 60 years of age are the ones who are going to get vaccinated on and from March 1 in the next round of vaccination. The vaccine doses will be available in some 10 thousand government facilities apart from around 20 thousand private facilities. While the ones that are getting the vaccine from the government facilities will get it free of cost, the ones who rope in private facilities will have to pay for getting it. The cost of the vaccine is not decided yet.
March 1 brings hope for the elderly people
For the past month and a half, people in India are keen on getting the covid-19 vaccination doses. While not all are lucky to have received the vaccine, the ones who got it are from the priority groups that include frontline workers and healthcare professionals. Now, it’s time for the next group of people to get vaccinated which includes elderly people with age above 60 and people aged above 45 with comorbidities. This phase will start from March 1, across 10 thousand odd government facilities and another 20,000 private facilities.
Cost of the vaccine to be announced soon
The union minister of information and broadcasting Prakash javadekar on Wednesday said that the cost of the vaccine in the private facilities will be announced soon. “The cost of vaccination in the private sector will be announced by the Union Health Ministry in the next two-three days. We are in discussions with the private hospitals”, he said. He further said the population of elderly people who are aged over 60 is almost 10 crore, which is huge, and accommodating them all could not have been possible if so many facilities were not roped in.
The success story of the previous vaccination drive
The 1st phase of the vaccination drive began on Jan 16, 2021, and it saw a good success rate. Now as the second phase is all set to begin, Javadekar sees hope in accomplishing its goals too. He says, “We began the Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16. We have so far administered 1.07 crore doses. We are one of the fastest countries to achieve this feat. We also reported very few serious adverse events. Also, 14 lakh beneficiaries have already received the second dose. The healthcare and frontline workers were vaccinated free of cost. The government has decided that the next phase will begin from March 1”. But no matter what, the covid cases refuse to die down any soon. People must be more alert and follow the covid protocols to stay safe.
TPT Policy Advocacy and Recommendations
- The surge in rising covid cases in major states of the country leaves a doubtful impression of the vaccine. Charging the elderly to get the vaccine seems to be a trick to generate revenue. The government must first track how well the vaccines are working in controlling Corona rather than providing too many vaccines at a higher cost.
- The center must not hurry in vaccinating people for the next phases. The data must be collected first that the ones who have been vaccinated are actually benefited or not! By tracking the data, it will help the government understand how well the vaccine is working.