Talking to reporters, Malik said the vaccination drive beginning May 1 will be taken up using the state's funds.
The Union government earlier this week opened the COVID-19 vaccination drive for the entire adult population in the country and allowed states to purchase vaccines on their own.
It’s the constitutional responsibility of the Centre to protect the health of the people by providing life-saving medicines free of cost, the CM said.
According to principal health secretary Pratyay Amrit, around 50 private hospitals have been shortlisted in the state where the vaccination will be given for free
Vaccination of people aged 60 years and above and those with comorbidities in 45-59 years age group began at 192 hospitals including 136 private ones in Delhi on Monday.
Pinarayi Vijayan said the quantity of the vaccine that would be allotted to the state by the Centre was not yet known.