Chhattisgarh, MP Govts To Provide Vaccine Free For All Above 18; Will Odisha Follow?

Raipur/Bhopal: The Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh governments are the latest states to announce that they will bear expenses of COVID-19 vaccination of everyone in the state above the age of 18 years.

The Centre announced two days ago that all above 18 will be eligible to get the vaccine from May 1.

Announcing the state government’s decision, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel tweeted that the state will take all possible steps to protect citizens’ lives.

Soon after, the Madhya Pradesh CMO quoted CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan as saying that all aged above 18 years will be administered COVID vaccine free of cost in the state.

It remains to be seen if Odisha and other states take a cue and declare free vaccination for its people.

With the Centre allowing vaccines to be supplied in the open market from May 1, Serum Institute of India laid out the prices of Covishield for state governments and private hospitals.

Following are states (till date) to provide vaccine free to citizens:

Assam — 18 to 45 years

Uttar Pradesh — all above 18

Chhattisgarh — all above 18

Madhya Pradesh — all above 18

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