The state government will purchase over 15 lakh doses of ‘Covishield’ vaccine at the cost of over Rs 60 crore for vaccinating people in the age group of 18 to 45 against coronavirus.
The government has granted approval to initially purchase five lakh doses of Covishield from the Serum Institute of India, Pune, at the price declared by the government of India in its policy.
Additional secretary (health) Vikas S N Gaunekar on Thursday wrote a letter to the health services director conveying the government’s approval for purchasing the vaccine doses, which will be administered free of cost to the people in the age group of 18 to 45.
The government directed the directorate of health services to immediately place the order for purchasing the five lakh doses.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the government will place the initial order for the five lakh doses directly from the
“Over 15 lakh doses will be procured at the cost of over Rs 60 crore. Doses will be administered free of cost to the people in the age group of 18 to 45,” he said.
The central government has decided to start vaccinating the people in the age group of 18 to 45 from May 1, 2021, asking the states to purchase the Covishield doses from the SII at the price of Rs 400 per dose.