Bidisha Ray, 35, from Kolkata, gave birth to a child in October and is hoping to get the Covid-19 vaccine in the first tranche when it is launched. Ray wants her nursing baby to be safe from the virus but is also worried about any adverse reaction that she and her infant may suffer.
At the other end of the country, in Mumbai, Pradeep Sharma, 46, who tested positive for Covid, is also planning to take the vaccine. Sharma got his Rs 2.8 lakh medical claim reimbursed by his private insurer but is worried about how to pay for any adverse reactions to the vaccine as also the cost of vaccination.
The coronavirus vaccines being developed by various companies are in phase three trials. But amidst this there are fears over who will bear the cost of vaccinating the general public and possible adverse reactions to the vaccines.