Bhubaneswar, Apr 25: Putting a stop to speculations, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced that the State Government would provide Covid vaccines to all people in the age group of 18-45 years free-of-cost. Vaccination campaign for the group will begin from May 1, 2021.
The Chief Minister said the State Government will spend Rs 2,000 crore for providing free vaccines to youths aged between 18 and 44years. About 2 crore people will benefit, he said.
The Chief Minister also informed that orders of purchase have already been placed before the two companies, Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech, producing Covishield and Covaxin, respectively.
After the Chief Minister’s announcement, it is learnt that all persons aged above 18 years will get Covid vaccines free of cost. In his Mann Ki Baat programme this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reassured people of the country that free vaccination programme being undertaken by the Union Government will go unhindered.