Hemant Soren does a Kejriwal, announces free vaccines for all in Jharkhand

  • | Tuesday | 1st June, 2021

However, it is imperative to note that Jharkhand wasted 37.3% vaccines according to the data available with the union health ministry. 

A little over a month ago, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren had announced free vaccines for all beneficiaries in the 18-45 age group. However, expressing concerns over rates and doing a Kejriwal-style U-turn, the Chief Minister has now written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide free vaccines to the state. 

In April, Soren had announced that his government will vaccinate everyone in the 18+ age group free of cost.

The Delhi CM’s latest U-turn has been asking for the centralization of the vaccination program after advocating decentralization. Similarly, Soren cited the state’s incapability to procure vaccines owing to resource crunch after announcing free vaccines for everyone in the 18+ age group back in April. He said that the exorbitant pricing to vaccinate 1 crore 57 lakh beneficiaries in the age group of 18 to 44 years would lead to a burden of 1,100 crores on the state exchequer.

Soren also complained about the shortage of vaccines and their procurement causing major blocks in the vaccination drive of the state. The state had ordered 25 lakh doses from both domestic manufacturers- the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech each, but the manufacturers are also overburdened, he said. 



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