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Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Maharashtra Health Secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas told The Indian Express that the service charges were intimated at the training and virtual meeting on Co-Win 2.0 chaired by CEO National Health Authority and Union Health Secretary held on February 26.

The discussion paper says while the demand for the vaccines was likely to be met if all the production targets were fulfilled, shortages could be expected in the short term, especially if the vaccines still under development do not get approval or there are supply bottlenecks in the supply of raw or packaging materials, consumables or equipment. (File)

Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per person per dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Maharashtra Health Secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas told The Indian Express that the service charges were intimated at the training and virtual meeting on Co-Win 2.0 chaired by CEO National Health Authority and Union Health Secretary held on February 26.

“It was intimated that the service charge to be recovered by private hospitals acting as Covid-19 vaccination centers would be subject to a ceiling of Rs 100 per person per dose. In addition, private hospitals will recover Rs 150 per person per dose as cost of the vaccine. Hence, the total ceiling amount recoverable by private hospitals would be Rs 250 per person per dose,” Dr Vyas added.

This arrangement will remain effective till further orders, said Vandana Gurnani, additional secretary and mission director of the National Health Mission, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. States and Union Territories have been advised to inform empaneled private sector hospitals about the charges and encourage their participation in the vaccination drive.

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Across the country, more than 1.37 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered. According to officials of the Union Ministry of Health And Family Welfare, a total of 1.71 lakh healthcare workers have been given the second dose of the vaccine across the country. Maharashtra Immunisation Officer Dr D N Patil said a total of 12.01 lakh beneficiaries have received the vaccine shots till date.

While there are no inoculations over the weekend, the Co-Win app is being updated for the launch of its new version for the digital platform on March 1. The updated version will include the new group of persons aged above 60 and those above 45 with comorbidities.

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