After changing the vaccination policy, now the central government has fixed the maximum rates of corona vaccine for private hospitals and has shared the revised rate of the vaccine. According to the revised rate issued by the government, Kovishield will now be available for Rs 780 in private vaccination centers while Covaccine will be available for Rs 1410. At the same time, the price of Sputnik has also been reduced to 1145.
Earlier Kovashield was getting Covaccine for Rs 600 for Rs 1200 and Sputnik for Rs 948 on which GST was levied. But now the cost of Kovishield will be Rs 780 (cost of 600 vaccine + 5% GST + service charge of Rs 150) per dose. The cost of Covaccine will be Rs 1410 (Rs 1200 price + Rs 60 GST + Rs 150 service charge) per dose. Sputnik-V will cost Rs 1145 per dose (Rs 948 Vaccine + Rs 47 GST + Rs 150 Service Charge) for private hospitals.
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Action will be taken on charging higher rates
It will be monitored everyday at the prescribed rate. Strict action will be taken against the private Kovid Vaccination Center for charging higher rates. The Center has asked the states not to take private hospitals more than Rs 150 for the service charge. The state governments have to monitor them.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry had said that the price of Kovid-19 vaccines for private sectors and hospitals will be decided by the vaccine manufacturers. The ministry also said that states would aggregate the demand from the private sector, which means they would monitor the network of facilities it had and the dosage it needed.
NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul also said that the Center has ordered to procure 25 crore doses of Covishield and 19 crore doses of Covaxin. The government has also ordered the purchase of 30 crore doses of biological e vaccine, which will be available by September. They said. “We must wait for the company (Biological E) to announce the price of their vaccine (Corbevax). This will depend on our negotiations with the company under the new policy, the financial assistance given will meet the cost part.
On the other hand, PM Modi had said on the previous day that the central government will give free of cost to all the state governments to vaccinate youth above 18 years of age from June 21. Now all citizens above 18 years of age will be given free doses of vaccine in government health facilities with the aim of speeding up the nationwide immunization campaign more rapidly. The Prime Minister said that private sector hospitals can continue to procure 25 per cent of the vaccines, but their service charges will be capped at Rs 150 per dose from the fixed price of the vaccine.