Union Health Ministry on Saturday capped the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine at Rs 250 per shot for private hospitals. However, the corona vaccine will be given free of cost at all the government hospitals. The announcement comes as government plans to vaccinate senior citizens or those over the age of 45 years with comorbidities from March 1.
“Service charges were intimated during a virtual meeting and training session on Co-Win 2.0. The meeting, held on February 26, was chaired by CEO National Health Authority and Union Health Secretary,” Maharashtra Health Secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
Vyas said that it was informed that all the private hospitals acting as COVID-19 vaccination centers can recover a service charge subject to a ceiling of Rs 100 per person per dose. “These hospitals will also charge Rs 150 as the cost of per dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This will take the total ceiling amount of each corona vaccine shot to Rs 250 per person,” he said.
Private hospitals functioning as COVID-19 Vaccination Centres may recover a charge subject to a ceiling of Rs 250 per person per dose: Government of India
Vandana Gurnani – Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Health Mission, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India – said that this arrangement will be in place till further orders. States/UTs have been informed about and have been asked to tell empaneled private sector hospitals about the same.
Earlier on Friday, the ministry said that beneficiaries can download Co-Win 2.0 app to self-register in advance. Beneficiaries can also do it by using the Aarogya Setu app and other IT applications. These apps will show all the details about available schedules at all the government and private hospitals serving as COVID-19 vaccination centers (CVCs).
Beneficiaries can book an appointment according to their convenience at the CVC of their choice. The registration process on the app will begin on March 1. Apart from that, there is also an on-site registration facility for eligible beneficiaries.