Registration On CoWIN Portal Opens From 24th April
The government has decided to open up the registration process on the CoWIN portal from 24th April (Saturday) for the third phase of the inoculation drive. Those who are above 18 years and eligible to get vaccinated can register for their vaccine shot from Saturday onwards. The third phase of the vaccination drive will begin from 1st May.
The vaccination drive is currently at its second phase with inoculating people aged above 45. The government recently took a decision to take a more liberal approach towards the vaccination process in terms of age eligibility and pricing. As per the Modi government’s decision, vaccine manufacturers are set to supply 50% of their monthly doses to the centre and the remaining 50% to states and in the open market.
Currently, two vaccines, Covishield (Oxford Astrazeneca), manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) and Covaxin (Bharat Biotech), is being used in India. Sputnik (Russia) will soon be available for use and sold in the country by Dr Reddy’s Laboratories. Global vaccines like Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer may soon join the race.
Yesterday, Serum Insitute of India, in a publicly issued media statement, announced the price per dose of Covishield for state governments (INR 400) and private hospitals (INR 600). The price per dose will remain the same for the centre (INR 150).
While welcoming the announcement made by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance, Government of India, SII’s CEO Adar C Poonawalla said, “The promising directives will help to scale up vaccine production and allow state governments, private hospitals, and vaccination centres to procure vaccines directly.”
“Owing to the urgency of the situation, it is challenging to supply it independently to each corporate entity. We would urge all corporate and private individuals to access the vaccines through the state facilitated machinery and private health systems. Post 4-5 months, the vaccines will be made available in retail and free trade,” the statement further added.
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— SerumInstituteIndia (@SerumInstIndia) April 21, 2021
According to the CoWIN portal, the second dose of vaccine in the case of Covaxin should be taken between 28 to 42 days, and in the case of Covishield, it should be taken anywhere between 28 to 56 days.