The Centre is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The new phase of universalization of vaccination commenced from 21st June 2021. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to States and Union Territories for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Centre has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost. In the new phase of the universalization of the vaccination drive, the government will procure and supply free of cost 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by the manufacturers in the country to States and Union Territores.
More than 93 crore 94 lakh vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far through the Centre free of cost channel and through direct state procurement category. More than 7 crore 64 lakh balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered