COVID vaccine to be free across India, says country’s Health Minister

New Delhi: Health Minister of India Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said the anti-COVID shots will be free across the country.

Vardhan after reviewing the dry vaccination run at the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital in New Delhi, said: “I appeal to people not to pay heed to rumours. Ensuring safety & efficacy of vaccine is our priority. Different kinds of rumours were spread during polio immunisation but people took the vaccine & India is now polio-free.”

“Not just in Delhi, it will be free across the country,” news agency ANI quoted Vardhan as saying.

“In 1st phase of #COVID19 vaccination, free vaccine shall be provided across the nation to most prioritised beneficiaries that incl 1 cr healthcare & 2 cr frontline workers,” tweeted Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today.

The dry run is being conducted by all the States and Union Territories governments.

According to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), the objective of the dry run for COVID introduction is to “assess operational feasibility in the use of COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) application in a field environment, to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges and guide the way forward prior to actual implementation”.


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