Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government has announced that everyone above the age of 18 will be administered free vaccine dose against novel coronavirus from May 1, as India expands its vaccination programme to combat the virus.
The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by the chief minister which also saw presence of other cabinet members. Yogi Adityanath has been holding meeting virtually even as he tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.
Sharing the information, the chief minister tweeted: "In the cabinet meeting it has been decided that corona virus vaccination of all the people above 18 years of age in Uttar Pradesh will be made free... Coronavirus will lose, India will win."
The health department has been tasked with working out the logistics of this exercise in the most populous state in the country.
"We have to increase vaccination centres and create a database of the target age-group," the chief minister said in a statement.
On Monday, the central government had said that all those over the age of 18 can get the shot from May 1. Currently, only people over 45 are eligible to receive the vaccine shots.
Faced with criticism over reports of vaccine shortage, the centre had also said that states could now buy doses directly from manufacturers - up to 50 per cent of their supply - at a 'pre-agreed price'.
Uttar Pradesh is India's second most affected state, with over two lakh active corona virus cases. New cases have seen a frightening spike since March 31, when 918 cases were reported. On Tuesday, nearly 30,000 new cases were detected in the state.
Amid the spike, the government on Tuesday announced to impose a weekend lockdown in the state. Meanwhile, the night curfew remains in place.