MOHFW has issued revised guidelines for implementation of national COVID vaccination program

Jun 10, 2021 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Ministry of Health and Family welfare (MoHFW) on June 08,2021, has issued revised guidelines for the implementation of National COVID vaccination program. As India’s COVID vaccination program incorporates recommendations of the foremost experts in the field of immunization, public health, disease control and information technology.


• Government of India will procure 75% of the vaccines being produced by the manufacturers in the country. The vaccines will be given to the States/UT free of cost and the States/UT will administer these doses to the citizens as per the priority.

• Vaccination process will be prioritized as follows:

o Health Care Workers

o Front Line Workers

o Citizens more than 45 years of age

o Citizens whose second dose has become due 

o Citizens 18 years & above

• For the citizens more than 18 years the states/UT can have their own priority for vaccination.

• Vaccines will be allocated to States/UTs based on criteria such as population, disease burden and the progress of vaccination. Wastage of vaccine will affect the allocation negatively. 

• Central government will provide advance information about the doses to be allocated to them. Similarly states/UT should inform the Districts about the same and should also put the Information in public domain.

• Domestic vaccine manufacturers are given the option to also provide vaccines directly to private hospitals. This would be restricted to 25% of their monthly production. The price of the doses would be declared by the manufacturer which shall not exceed Rs. 150 per dose.

• All the citizens of the country are entitled to the free vaccination program. However those who has the ability to pay the service charge are encouraged to use private hospital’s Vaccination centres.

• To promote the spirit of “Lok Kalyan”, use of non-transferable Electronic Vouchers which can be redeemed at private vaccination centres, will be encouraged. This would enable people to financially support vaccination of Economically Weaker Sections at private vaccination centres. 

• The CoWIN platform provides every citizen the facility of conveniently and safely pre-booking vaccination appointments. All government and private vaccination centres would also provide onsite registration facility to pre book the vaccination slots for Individuals or group of Individuals in order to minimize the inconvenience to the citizens.

• States may also optimally utilize the Common Service Centres and Call Centres to facilitate prior booking by citizens. 

• These guidelines will come into effect from 21stJune 2021 and will be reviewed from time to time. 

All the above guidelines provides States/UTs with additional central government support across funding, procurement and logistics. It also facilitates scientific prioritization, wider access, harnessing of private sector capacity and flexibility at the state and local level. 



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