- Centre had recently revised guidelines for national vaccination programme, announcing that it would procure 75% of manufacturers’ supply and allocate these to states and UTs for free
New Delhi: Indian states and Union Territories (UTs) in will get over 96,490 doses of vaccine in the next three days, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) said on Monday.
The central government has so far provided more than 26.68 lakh vaccine doses to states and UTs. The ministry said that the states and the UTs still had over 1.40 crore vaccines available.
The government of India had announced the start of Liberalized and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy of Covid-19 vaccination from May 1. Under the earlier announced guidelines, vaccine manufacturers were allowed to release up to 50 per cent of their supplies to state governments and in the open market at a pre-declared price. However, after states expressed communicated their difficulties in managing the funding, procurement and other logistics of vaccines, the government revised these guidelines.
As per the revised guidelines for the national vaccination programme announced by the ministry on June 8, the Centre will procure 75 per cent of the vaccines manufactured in India. These will be provided for free to states and UTs, which in turn will administer them for free to citizens as per priority through government vaccination centres. The allocation will be based on criteria like population, disease burden and progress of the vaccination drive.
The ministry had said it would inform the states and UTs in advance about the doses to be supplied to them. They in turn were to allocate doses in advance to districts and vaccination centres. According to the release, the revised guidelines were aimed at providing the states and UTs additional central government support across funding, procurement and logistics.
These revised guidelines will come into effect from June 21.
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