India's New Vaccine Drive From May 1: Key Points

In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was decided that the pricing, procurement, eligibility and administration of vaccines would be made flexible in Phase 3 of the vaccination drive.

India's New Vaccine Drive From May 1: Key Points

Vaccination shall continue as before in Government of India vaccination centres (File)

New Delhi: The centre has announced a "liberalised and accelerated" Phase 3 strategy for vaccinations against the coronavirus under which all adults will be eligible for inoculations from May 1.

Here are the top five announcements by centre on Phase 3 vaccinations:

  1. Vaccine manufacturers would supply 50% of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory-released doses to the Government of India and would be free to supply the remaining 50% doses to state governments and in the open market.

  2. Manufacturers would transparently make an advance declaration of the price for 50% supply that would be available to state governments and in the open market, before May 1. Based on this price, state governments, private hospitals, industrial establishments etc would be able to procure vaccine doses from the manufacturers.

  3. Private Hospitals would have to procure their supplies of Covid vaccine exclusively from the 50% supply earmarked for other than Government of India channel. Private vaccination providers shall transparently declare their self-set vaccination price. The eligibility through this channel would be opened up to all adults, i.e. everyone above the age of 18.

  4. The division of vaccine supply - 50% to Government of India and 50% to other than Government of India channel would be applicable uniformly across for all vaccines manufactured in the country. However, Government of India will allow the imported fully ready to use vaccines to be entirely utilized in the other than Government of India channel.

  5. Government of India, from its share, will allocate vaccines to states/UTs based on the criteria of extent of infection (number of active Covid cases) and performance (speed of administration).

  6. Wastage of vaccine will also be considered in this criterion and will affect the criteria negatively. Based on the above criteria, State-wise quota would be decided and communicated to the States adequately in advance.

  7. Second dose of all existing priority groups and population above 45 years, wherever it has become due, would be given priority, for which a specific and focused strategy would be communicated to all stakeholders.

  8. Vaccination shall continue as before in Government of India vaccination centres, provided free of cost to the eligible population as defined earlier i.e. Health Care Workers (HCWs), Front Line Workers (FLWs) and all people above 45 years of age.

  9. All vaccinations would be part of the National Vaccination Programme, and mandated to follow all protocol such as being captured on CoWIN platform, linked to AEFI reporting and all other prescribed norms.

  10. Stocks and price per vaccination applicable in all vaccination centres will also have to be reported real-time.