For the next round of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the central government has roped in 20,000 private hospitals. As Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said today, those who opt for private clinics would have to pay for their COVID-19 vaccination.
The Ministry of Health will determine the amount one has to pay for COVID-19 vaccination in private hospitals within 3-4 days. As they are in negotiation with manufacturers and hospitals, Javadekar said, the sum one needs to pay will be determined by the health ministry within 3-4 days.
“While the vaccine will be given for free at government centres, it will be available for a charge, to be decided later, at many private hospitals,” the minister said.
The coronavirus vaccine will be given to those over 60 years of age beginning on 1 March. People over the age of 45 with co-morbidities will also be eligible for vaccination. The vaccine for COVID-19 will be available at 10,000 government centers free of charge, the minister said.