Following this announcement, the vaccine maker Serum Institute of India (SII) had said that the precautionary dose of its KoviShield vaccine would be priced at Rs. 600 per dose, although once again the Seymour Institute has decided to reduce the price further. Presently no individual is allowed in the country to give individual doses of COVID vaccine, which means that the vaccine dose will be of the same vaccine as the 1st and 2nd doses were given.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Twitter, ‘‘ The fight against Corona will be stronger now. Now citizens above the age of 18 years will be able to get precautionary doses from April 10 in private centers (private vaccination centres). Citizens who have received the second dose of the vaccine for 9 months will be eligible.’’ SII CEO Adar Poonawalla also welcomed the government’s move to allow all people above 18 years of age to be administered preventive doses in private immunization centres.