Pvt hospitals can charge Rs 250 for vaccine

NEW DELHI, Feb 27:  Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of COVID-19 vaccine, official sources said today as India prepares to vaccinate people aged above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities from March 1.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be given free of cost at Government hospitals, while people will need to pay for it at private facilities.
“Rs 250 will be the ceiling- Rs 150 cost of vaccine plus Rs 100 service charge. This arrangement will remain effective till further orders,” a source said.
According to sources, States and Union Territories have been informed about it.
The Union Health Ministry yesterday 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 will show the Government and private hospitals serving as COVID-19 vaccination centres (CVCs) with date and time of the available schedules.
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 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.(PTI)