The Centre has said that nearly 12 Crore doses of vaccines will be available in June this year for the National COVID Vaccination Programme. The Health Ministry said, more than six crore nine lakh doses of COVID vaccines will be supplied to the States and UTs for vaccination of priority groups of Health Care Workers, Front-Line Workers and persons aged 45 years and above as free supply from the Government of India. In addition, more than five crore 86 lakh doses will be available for direct procurement by the State and UTs and Private Hospitals. The Ministry said, States have been requested to direct the concerned officials to ensure rational and judicious utilisation of allocated doses and minimise the vaccine wastage.
Vaccination is an integral pillar of the comprehensive strategy of the Central Government for containment and management of the pandemic, along with Test, Track, Treat and COVID Appropriate Behaviour. As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Government has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost. The Ministry said, visibility for availability of vaccines for the entire month of June has been provided well in advance to States and UTs by the Union Government. A total of over seven crore 94 lakh doses were made available for this month for the National COVID Vaccination Programme.