Private hospitals will not be able to charge exorbitant prices for the corona vaccine. The central government has made arrangements for this. The has fixed the cost of corona vaccine for private hospitals. Under this, private hospitals will not be able to charge more than Rs 780 for Covishield. The price of Covaxin has been fixed at Rs 1,410. The price of Rs 1,145 has been fixed for the Sputnik V. The rate of corona vaccine will be updated on the Co-Win portal.
The Union Health Ministry has informed the states in this regard. States have been asked to implement this decision in their respective states.
In his address to the nation on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the central government will give free vaccines to the states from June 21 for the vaccination of all people above the age of 18 years across the country. The supply of vaccines in the country will increase in the coming days. The Prime Minister had told that the Center has decided to buy 75 per cent of the doses, including 25 per cent of the state quota, from vaccine manufacturers and give it to the state governments free of cost.
Modi had called upon people to raise awareness about the vaccine. He had said that the vaccine is like a protective shield to protect against corona. Seven companies are working on vaccine production in the country. Trials of three more vaccines are in advance stage. The process of obtaining vaccines from companies from other countries has also been expedited.