Free Vaccines In Delhi For Those Above 18, Think About Inoculating Children Too: Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Monday it was time to consider allowing COVID-19 vaccine for below 18 years. The centre has opened up the vaccination process for those above 18 years of age from May 1. Registrations for the same begin Wednesday on the CoWIN app.

We’ve seen children below 18 getting infected too. Some died. It’s time to think for them too. If these vaccines are safe & effective for them, they should be given these,” Kejriwal said during a press conference. “If not, then I hope new vaccines will be developed soon that will be effective and safe for children.”

He further mentioned that the Delhi government would inoculate those above 18 for free. Other states which have vowed free vaccines. 

Kejriwal Urges COVID-19 Vaccine For Below 18 Years, Says Above 18 To Be Vaccinated For Free

Kejriwal further appealed to vaccine manufacturers to bring down the state sale rate, asking the centre to even put a price cap if necessary. “You have an entire lifetime to earn profits. This is not the time to do that when there is a raging pandemic… One vaccine producer said that they’ll provide vaccines to the state governments at Rs 400 a dose and the second producer said Rs 600 a dose. Both of them will keep the price at Rs 150 a dose for the central government,” he said.

India currently has a supply of two vaccines – the homegrown Covaxin by Bharat Biotech and Covishield by Serum Institute of India and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

As per latest policies announced ahead of vaccination opening up for persons 18 and above, Covaxin will be sold to states at a price of Rs 600 and to private hospitals at Rs 1200. Covishield on the other hand has decided on Rs 400 for states and Rs 600 for private hospitals. The Centre, upto now, had been buying vaccines from the manufacturers at Rs 150 per dose.

Here is SII’s letter shedding light on its pricing policy: