New Delhi: On Monday (June 21), India will launch a free COVID-19 vaccination campaign for anyone over the age of 18.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the central government will provide free vaccine jabs to states for inoculation of all adults, and that vaccine supply would be significantly increased in the coming month.
Here are some key facts about the COVID-19 vaccination campaign:
Beginning June 21, all citizens over the age of 18 will be able to receive free vaccinations at government facilities. Several states have already declared that all vaccines will be provided free of charge.
States can use the services of Common Service Centres and Call Centers to assist citizens in scheduling vaccination appointments.
The Centre will purchase 75% of total vaccine production from vaccine manufacturers and distribute it to state governments for free.
The central government is also responsible for 25% of the work related to vaccination with the states, an arrangement that was put in place in the weeks following the announcement.
The Centre has also taken additional steps to involve the private sector in this effort, such as reserving 25% of vaccines for private hospitals to purchase. However, because the price has been set, they will not hesitate to overcharge.
Although no prior registration is required, all vaccinations performed by both public and private facilities will be documented on the Co-Win portal.
Before being immunised, beneficiaries must ensure that they are registered on-site.
If you are going to get vaccinated at a government hospital:
Vaccination will be free.
Prior registration on Co-Win is not required, as the government will allow on-the-spot registration beginning tomorrow.
If you are going to a private hospital:
Prior registration on Co-Win is not required; on-site registration is also possible.
Pay no more than $1,410 for Covaxin, $790 for Covishield, and $1,145 for Sputnik V, as the Center has set a maximum price for these vaccines at private hospitals.
How to verify a vaccination certificate:
Because there have been several reports of vaccine scams, it is critical to check the authenticity of the vaccine certificate after being immunised. Here’s how you can check the certificate:
Step 1: Go to verify.cowin.gov.in which has an option for Scan QR code.
Step 2: Click on the button that pops up.
Step 3: A notification will prompt you to activate your device’s camera.
Step 4: Point the camera to the QR code on the certificate issued and scan
Step 5: After verification, it will show the name, age, gender, certificate ID, date of issuance, the name of the vaccination facility etc.
Step 6: If the certificate is not genuine, a ‘certificate invalid’ message will be displayed.
(With inputs from news agencies)