Starting today, i.e. June 21, the central government is providing free COVID-19 vaccine to all citizens above the age of 18 years in every state across the country. PM Modi has made this announcement to speed up the process of vaccination. The Government of India will buy 75% of the total vaccine produced by the manufacturers and provide it to the state governments free of cost. Private hospitals will continue to buy 25% of the vaccines directly from the manufacturers. The vaccine dose to be provided free of cost by the Center will be allocated to the States/UTs on the basis of factors such as population, disease burden, and progress of vaccination.
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