The government gave its nod to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to 24,000 designated private hospitals, extending the scope of the vaccination drive that can cowl senior residents above 60 and individuals above 45 with comorbidities from March 1.
Only Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) empanelled private hospitals have been recognized for the purpose.
Private hospitals will not be allowed for promoting the vaccine. However, they might be permitted for accumulating a nominal price for administering the vaccine, according to preliminary discussions. The remaining contours of the plan are being worked out.
“The cabinet has taken a decision that the next phase of vaccination will begin from March 1 in which those above 60 years of age and 45 plus with comorbidities will be administered the vaccine in 10,000 government medical facilities and nearly 24,000 private hospitals. “Whoever goes to a government centre will be administered vaccine free of cost. But if a person takes his vaccine in a private hospital, he would have to pay a fee,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said.