Mumbai: Union Health Minister D.R. Harshvardhan said on Saturday that COVID-19 vaccines will be free across the country.
Speaking to reporters, Harshvardhan said, “Not only in Delhi, but this (vaccine) will also be free in the whole country.”
The Health Minister was asked if the coronovirus vaccine would be provided free after visiting a hospital in Delhi where he went to review the drought mantra of the vaccination campaign. Vaccine dry runs were conducted on Saturday in all states and union territories.
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A dry run is essentially a practice session where a sample number of beneficiaries will undergo a mock vaccination process. In addition to employees of designated vaccination centres, the participation of a selected group of health workers in the dry run trial would appear to be vaccine beneficiaries. Each centre will identify 25 test beneficiaries for the dry run.
Dry runs are being made in all states and union territories. Each state and union territory has been asked to run drought at a minimum of three session sites in their capitals.
In addition, the central government has asked all states and union territories to ensure effective preparation for the coronavirus vaccine roll-out to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.
The first round of the dry run was held in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Punjab on 28–29 December in two districts, where five-session sites with 25 beneficiaries each were identified