As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID-19 Vaccines free of cost, especially for frontline workers and those above 45 years of age. The Liberalized Pricing and Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy is being implemented from 1st May 2021 wherein 50% of the available doses are earmarked for supply to states and UTs, as free of cost supply from Govt of India channel, while the remaining 50% is available for direct procurement from the vaccine manufacturers by states and UTs and private hospitals.
The government has released an "advance visibility" of vaccines for the entire month of June, 2021, that the central government will provide to states and UTs, the ministry's statement said.
The ministry also mentioned that the allocation of the vaccine doses of COVID-19 to the states and UTs will be based on the consumption pattern, population and vaccine wastage.
According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, nearly 12 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be made available to states and UTs in June, 2021 for the national Covid-19 vaccination programme in the country. The health ministry said that the states will be supplied with 6.09 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine free of cost in June for vaccination of priority groups, including Front-Line Workers, Health Care Workers, and persons above 45 years of age. In addition, more than 5.86 crore vaccine doses will be available for the direct procurement by states, UTs and the private hospitals.
States have been requested to direct the concerned officials to ensure rational and judicious utilization of allocated vaccine doses and to minimize the vaccine wastage.
The main objective behind informing the states and UTs in advance of the quantum of free vaccine doses to be made available from Govt of India for 15/30 days and the total vaccine doses which are available for direct procurement by states and UTs, is to ensure better planning and delivery of vaccine by states and UTs.
The ministry also mentioned that 7,94,05,200 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were made available to the states and Union Territories in May for the vaccination drive. Of these, 4.03 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine were available in May to the states and the Union Territories free of cost, while 3.90 crore doses were made available for direct procurement.