By Health In Five Writer
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said today that COVID-19 vaccines would be free of cost across the country. “Not just in Delhi, it (vaccine) will be free across the country,” Harsh Vardhan said while speaking to reporters.
The health minister was asked if the coronavirus vaccine will be provided free after he visit to a hospital in Delhi, where he went to review the dry run of vaccination drive. The vaccine dry run was being conducted today in all states and Union Territories.
Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain also said Covid-19 vaccines will be given for free in the national capital once it arrives in the city, and asserted that the city government has made preparations for the vaccination drive. The comment came soon after Union health minister Harsh Vardhan declared that the shots will be free across the country.
“Yes, medicines and treatment are being provided for free in Delhi, anyway,” the Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain on being asked if the vaccine will be given for free.
“I appeal to people not to pay heed to rumours. Ensuring safety & efficacy of vaccine is our priority. Different kinds of rumours were spread during polio immunisation but people took the vaccine & India is now polio-free,” Vardhan said after reviewing the dry vaccination run at the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital in the national capital.
“Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Shahdara, Urban Primary Health Centre, Daryaganj, and Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka, are the three sites in Delhi which have been selected for the dry run of the roll out of COVID-19 vaccine in the national capital,” a senior official said here on Saturday.