COVID-19 Vaccine at Private Hospitals Capped at Rs 250 Per Dose

The Centre of Saturday capped COVID-19 vaccine jab at private hospitals at Rs 250. The government said, "Private hospitals functioning as COVID-19 Vaccination Centres may recover a charge subject to a ceiling of Rs 250 per person per dose."

February 27, 2021

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New Delhi, February 27: The Centre of Saturday capped COVID-19 vaccine jab at private hospitals at Rs 250. The government said, “Private hospitals functioning as COVID-19 Vaccination Centres may recover a charge subject to a ceiling of Rs 250 per person per dose.” The development came at a time when the country is preparing to vaccinate people aged above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities from March 1.

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The government said, “To ramp up COVID vaccination capacity large number of private facilities are being involved- around 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Govts.” Meanwhile, The COVID-19 vaccine will be given free of cost at government hospitals. People need to pay for the COVID-19 jab if they want to get vaccinated at private hospitals. Viral WhatsApp Message Claims COVID-19 Vaccine Charge For Next Phase of Vaccination is Around Rs 500; PIB Fact Check Terms it ‘Misleading’.

The Union Health Ministry on Friday had said beneficiaries would be able to self-register in advance by downloading the Co-WIN 2.0 portal and through other IT applications such as Aarogya Setu, which would show the government and private hospitals serving as COVID-19 vaccination centres (CVCs) with date and time of the available schedules. NITI Aayog Propose COVID-19 Vaccine Price Between Rs 300–500.

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The beneficiary would be able to choose the CVC of his/her choice and book an appointment for vaccination, the ministry said. There will be the facility of on-site registration so that eligible beneficiaries can walk into identified vaccination centres, get themselves registered and inoculated. “Eligible beneficiaries would be able to register themselves on the Co-WIN platform from March 1 itself,” R S Sharma, Chairman of Empowered Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Administration, had said.

The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on January 16. This is now to be exponentially expanded to the age-groups — all citizens above 60 years and those within the age bracket of 45 to 59 years with specified comorbidities — from March 1. During a meeting held on Friday, representatives of states and UTs were explained the basic features of version 2.0 of the digital platform Co-WIN, which is a population-scale software with capacity of processing several thousands of entries.

(With inputs from PTI)

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