Vaccine at private hospitals would cost Rs 250 only for those over 60 years
A shot of vaccine in private hospital would cost Rs 250 for people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with co-morbidities.
“According to sources, the government has fixed the price of vaccines at Rs 250 for a dose which would be available at private hospitals for people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities,” news agency IANS reported.
The third phase of vaccinations will begin on March 1.
The Centre had made the announcement earlier this week and added that the next phase of inoculation will be conducted at 10,000 government and more than 20,000 private vaccination centres across the country.
The vaccine will be given free of cost at government centres. Those who want to get vaccinated from private hospitals will have to pay. The amount they would need to pay will be decided by the health ministry within 3-4 days as they are in discussion with manufacturers and hospitals,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had said.
Meanwhile, Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel today said that the vaccines will cost Rs 250 even in the state’s private hospitals.
“The price of Covid-19 vaccine in Gujarat will be Rs 250 in private hospitals and it will be provided free of cost in government hospitals across the state,” Patel said, according to ANI.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Randeep Guleria had also stated on Wednesday that the charges of vaccine in the next phase would just be to cover overhead costs.
“Charges would be to just cover overheads which private sectors would need, some of which may include cost of syringes and human resource. Like it was done for testing where charges were fixed to ensure that those aren’t misused and private sector also doesn’t suffer loss,” the AIIMS Director had said.
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