NEW DELHI: On Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Covid-19 vaccine should be made available free of charge nationwide, saying all people were worried about the coronavirus. With the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) promising free doses of the vaccine in its manifesto for the Bihar polls, a debate has begun on whether the Covid-19 vaccine, which is yet to materialise, should be made available to individuals for free.
"Covid-19 vaccine should be free for the entire country. It is the entire country 's right. All citizens are troubled by the coronavirus, so the vaccine should be free for the country," Kejriwal told reporters in northeast Delhi after inaugurating two flyovers. Once available, the coronavirus vaccine will be administered under a special Covid-19 immunisation scheme, with the Centre directly procuring the doses and making them available to priority groups, official sources said. According to them, through the current network of states and districts, the Centre will procure the vaccine directly and make it available to the priority groups for free.