Coronavirus vaccines will be available for free for all between 18 and 45 years in Assam. The announcement was made by Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma via his Twitter account on Tuesday.

Sarma informed that the State government has decided to utilize the funds collected in Assam Arogya Nidhi for procuring COVID-19 vaccines and have already placed an order for 1 crore doses with Bharat Biotech.

“Assam will give FREE vaccines to everyone from 18-45 years. GOI is giving free vaccines for 45 +. Funds collected in Assam Arogya Nidhi last year shall be utilized for procurement of vaccines. Today itself, we’ve placed orders for 1 cr doses with @BharatBiotech,” Sarma tweeted.

Amid an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases, the Government of India has allowed vaccination of all persons above the age of 18 from May 1.

Assam reported 1,651 fresh cases of COVID-19 today with 742 positive cases in Kamrup (M) alone, which has the highest number of active cases in the state.

The fresh cases were detected out of 67,151 tests conducted in the last 24 hours. The overall positivity rate was recorded at 2.46 percent.