- Free covid boosters for individuals between 18-59 years.
- The drive begins from July 15.
- Har Ghar Dastak campaign 2.0 also activated.
New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday announced free COVID vaccines for all aged between 18-59 years from Friday onwards.
The free booster Covid-19 vaccine shot is a special drive that will continue for 75 days beginning Friday an official said. The free booster Covid-19 vaccine drive will be held as part of the government’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, the official sources added.
The drive is aimed to increase the uptake the of the booster doses..
The Centre days ago, reduced the gap between the precautionary dose and Second dose of COVID-19 Vaccine. The move was called by the centre as it noticed a drop in vaccine administration rate leading to vaccine expiry.
The government also initiated the second round of the Har Ghar Dastak campaign 2.0 on June 1 to accelerate the pace of vaccination and encourage boosters. The two-month programme is currently underway.
96 per cent of India’s population has been administered the first dose of Covid vaccine while 87 per cent of the people have taken both doses, official data showed. India began administering the booster shots to all adults on April 10.