Vaccine for all above age of 18 years from May 1


New Delhi: Everyone above the age of 18 in India would be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination from May 1, 2021, following a meeting on Monday chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with doctors and members of the pharma industry.

The government has said that procurement, eligibility, administration of vaccines are being made flexible in Phase 3 of world’s largest vaccination drive.

Vaccine manufacturers have been incentivised to further scale up production, attract new national and international players.

Vaccine manufacturers have also been empowered to release up to 50% of their supply to State govts and in open market at pre-declared price.

States have been empowered to procure additional vaccine doses directly from manufacturers.

Second dose for priority groups — healthcare and frontline workers, population above 45 years — wherever it is due will get priority, the government added.