As Gujarat gears up for the third phase of COVID vaccination from March 1 onwards, chief minister Vijay Rupani has urged over 60 lakh, senior citizens, in the state to get themselves vaccinated to ensure the fight against the disease is won.
The third phase of COVID Vaccination will cover those over 60 years of age and those above 40 years of age but suffering from serious ailments.
Rupani said the state has since the beginning intensified its fight against COVID and the vaccination drive is another step in this direction. He expressed hope that active participation from senior citizens will see the third phase being a big success.
COVID vaccination in Gujarat
The government has announced that 2195 government centers and 536 private ones will provide COVID vaccination under the third phase. Around 30,000 medical workers including paramedical staff will be part of the drive. The government has reiterated that the vaccine is safe and does not have any side effects. The government has appealed to all those above 60 years of age to take the two doses of the COVID vaccine.
The CM has also appealed to others to encourage senior citizens to get vaccinated.
Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel who also has the health portfolio, in a tweet, said that in Gujarat the vaccination will be free at government facilities while a single dose of vaccination will cost Rs 250 in approved private clinics.
Patel in the tweet said that the Centre has fixed the per dose COVID vaccine price at Rs150 if it is administered at private hospitals. Patients will also have to pay Rs 100 as a processing fee. This means the per-dose vaccine charge will come to Rs 250.
He said those who opt for vaccination at government facilities will get it for free.
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