Cost of Vaccinating 3 Crore Frontline Workers to be borne by Centre

Tue Jan 12 2021 12:15:48 GMT+0530 (IST)

After the Drugs Controller General of India(DCGI) approved two vaccines for emergency use in the country, the union government has decided to start the massive vaccination drive across the nation on the 16th of January.



With just, days left for the historic vaccination drive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting with the Chief Ministers of the states through video conferencing to discuss the plan for the vaccination drive.

During the conference, Narendra Modi said, In the first phase of the vaccination drive, around three crore healthcare and frontline workers across the country will be vaccinated against the Coronavirus.

The Prime Minister said the cost of vaccinating the healthcare and frontline workers across the country will be brown by the Centre.

Health workers from government hospitals and private hospitals, Sanitation workers, other frontline workers, defence forces, police, and other paramilitary forces will be vaccinated in the first phase.

In the second phase of the vaccination drive, people who are above the age group of 50, followed by the age group of under 50 and others will be vaccinated against the novel Coronavirus.

However, it is not clear whether the vaccines in the second phase of the drive are chargeable or the Central government will supply the dosses for free of cost.

Adding further, the Prime Minister said the Centre aims to vaccinate 30 crore people in the coming next months. It is said that Modi directed the CMs to see that politicians will not rush to get the vaccines before their turns.