BHUBANESWAR: Everyone in the country will get Covid-19 vaccine free of cost, Union minister of state for animal husbandry and MSME Pratap Sarangi said in Balasore on Monday. Sarangi, who is the MP from Balasore, was campaigning for the bypoll in an assembly segment scheduled on November 3.
“The prime minister has made it clear from the very beginning that vaccines will be provided free of cost in the entire country. Provision of funds has been made,” said Sarangi. Meanwhile, in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha health minister Naba Kishore Das said the state government is committed to universal vaccination for Covid-19 for all people in the state. Das, however, declined to comment on whether the state government will provide the vaccine for free in case the Centre doesn’t bear the cost.
“Whenever a vaccine is available, we will ensure all in Odisha get it,” Das told TOI.
On Sarangi’s comment that the vaccine will be available free of cost, Das said: “It is the prime minister or the Union health minister who should make such an assurance to the people.”