The PM-CARES fund setup with the purpose to offer aid throughout the coronavirus pandemic, has contributed over Rs 2,200 crore for the primary part of vaccination drive. ALSO READ | Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine: 1,500 Trial Volunteers Given Wrong Dose And Not Informed, Reveals Letter
PM CARES fund and Health Ministry has contributed cash and therefore, the price of vaccination of frontline and healthcare employees within the present fiscal is being borne totally by the central authorities.
The Expenditure Secretary TV Somanathan in a press release on Tuesday advised PTI that greater than 82 per cent of the price of the primary part of the vaccination drive throughout January to March is being borne by the PM CARES Fund.
“For January-March the (vaccination) cost is expected to be about Rs 2,700 crore approximately. Part of it is coming from the Health Ministry and some part of it is funded from the PM CARES fund. This is for the first round of 3 crore frontline and health workers,” Somanathan stated.
“We had provided additional funds to the Health Ministry for contingency costs of vaccination. We made an additional allocation of Rs 480 crore for three crore batches of vaccination. The remaining Rs 2,220 crore will come from the PM-Cares fund,” the official added.
It is to be famous that Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made no separate allocation for vaccination in her price range within the present fiscal, however has put aside Rs 35,000 crore in direction of COVID vaccination in her Budget for the following fiscal starting April 2021.