Kerala’s Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Wednesday reiterated that the state would provide Covid-19 vaccines to everyone at no cost.
Vijayan told reporters that people, across age groups, would get vaccine shots at no cost. “I have already stated in the past that vaccination would be free in the state. I don’t occasionally change my opinion, ”he says.
Referring to the Union government’s new policy on vaccine distribution, Vijayan said the Center has a responsibility to supply vaccines to states. Federal governments have been asked to get vaccines from the manufacturers for a price, he said, adding that it would create a financial burden on states.
About his letter to the Prime Minister on reconsidering the new policy on vaccine distribution and providing the number of vaccines required at no cost, the prime minister said, “The Center has not expressed its view on it . We have introduced demand that is the same as that of the whole country, ”he said.
Until noon Wednesday, Kerala had given 62,36,961 doses of the vaccine, thus covering 14. 88 percent of its population. Of the shots administered, first doses were 54,40,907.