COVID-19 vaccine: Private hospitals in India subject to ceiling of Rs 250 per person per dose

COVID-19 vaccine
Private hospitals have been allowed to charge a maximum of Rs 250 (USD 3.40) per dose for vaccines in the second phase of vaccination

India has become the first country to charge for COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine. Private hospitals have been allowed to charge a maximum of Rs 250 (USD 3.40) per dose for vaccines in the second phase of vaccination. Also Read: When can we assume to have coronavirus under control? Not, until there’re fewer than 100 COVID-related deaths a day!

Broad view: Out of the Rs 250 COVID-19 vaccine cost, Rs 150 is the vaccine cost and Rs 100 is charged for vaccination. This will also include taxes. Also Read: COVID-19 – Misleading information on coronavirus vaccine, infertility and miscarriage worries health authorities

  • Citizens above 60 years, 45+ people with comorbidities to be part of the inoculation drive
  • Vaccination will be done at 10,000 government healthcare centers and 20,000 private hospitals
  • States can use 10,000 hospitals under AB-PMJAY and 687 hospitals under CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) as COVID-19 Vaccination Centers (CVCs)
  • States can also use Health Facilities of all PSUs and all Government Health Facilities as CVCs

Vaccines available in India: There are two vaccine options available in India. Covishield (the local name for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine developed in the UK) and Covaxin, locally-made by pharma company Bharat Biotech. Also Read: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 85% effective after single shot, no longer needs ultra-cold storage

  • India makes 60% of the world’s vaccines
  • Covaxin is an inactivated vaccine and is made up of dead coronaviruses. It is a two does vaccine given four weeks apart
  • Covishield is an Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured locally by the Serum Institute of India
  • Covishield, is made from adenovirus from chimpanzees, a weakened version of a common cold virus

Documents and registration: People aged between 45 and 60 years with co-morbidities will need a certificate from a registered medical practitioner. On the other hand, senior citizens will require a photo identity proof. Self-registration on Co-WIN 2.0 app, the government portal for COVID-19 vaccination drive, will begin on March 1

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