Sputnik V Vaccine To Be Available Free Of Cost At Government Vaccination Centres

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New Delhi, 6th July 2021: “Russian made Sputnik V vaccine which is currently available only in private hospitals will soon be given for free of cost in all government vaccination centres. Also, the vaccination drive will be implemented based on the Polio drive”, said Dr NK Arora, chairman of the Central government’s COVID19 working group.

Dr Arora said, “The vaccine needs to be stored at a temperature of 18-degree Celsius, for this, the Polio cold chain storage can be utilised and the vaccine can be provided to rural areas also.”

“Recently the vaccination drive has been slow due to the polio drive, but from next week the vaccination drive will be run at a fast pace. As of now, 34 crore people have been vaccinated. By the end of July, we will get 12 to 16 crore vaccine doses. The central government promised in January that they will provide 50 crore doses till July”, he added.

He also said that the government has aimed to vaccinate one crore people daily. In India, Covishield and Covaxin played a major role in vaccination. Currently, daily 50 lakh vaccines doses are being provided. After the arrival of vaccines like Sputnik V, Moderna, and Zydus Cadila, the number of doses can be increased up to 80 lakh to one crore daily. The government has aimed to complete the vaccination of people above 18 years old by the end of this year.