Free Vaccine From March 1, Private Hospitals Can Charge Upto Rs 250 Per Shot

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The Health Ministry announced that the COVID-19 vaccines will be capped at Rs 250 per shot at private hospitals and health centres. . Vaccines will be free in all government hospitals and centres. The government on Friday had said it will let people choose their coronavirus vaccination centres when the campaign expands Monday to cover those over 60 and those over 45 with illnesses. Those over 60 will have to only show their identification with age while those over 45 with chronic illnesses will have to get a form signed by a registered medical practitioner.

They can register through the government’s COWIN 2.0 portal or the Arogya Setu App, or walk into vaccination centres; states will also actively mobilise people. There are more than 10,000 hospitals in the country that are cleared to give out vaccines apart from all government hospitals and health centres.

The country has halted vaccinations this weekend to upgrade software used to coordinate its campaign, as it prepares to widen coverage beyond the 1.15 crore health and front-line workers immunised since January 16. Only 11 per cent of vaccinated people have opted for the product developed by Bharat Biotech and the state-run Indian Council of Medical Research.

"The fundamental shift in this phase is that citizens in the identified age groups, as also those healthcare workers and frontline who have been missed out or left out of the present phase of vaccination, can select vaccination centres of their choice," the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement.

More vaccines are likely to be approved for use in the world's second-most populous country in the coming months, including Russia's Sputnik-V and Cadila Healthcare's ZyCov-D. Apart from vaccine hesitancy, initial glitches in CoWIN had also slowed India's immunisation drive, forcing many states offline. The software forms part of a government contact-tracing app "Aarogya Setu", or Health Bridge, downloaded so far by nearly 17 crore people.

India's infections rose 16,488 in the past 24 hours to stand at 1.10 crore, health ministry data shows, while the number of deaths rose 113 to reach 1,56,938.

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