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vaccine price: COVID-19 Vaccines Becomes Expensive in India

Monday, April 26, 2021

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The News Cover: On 1st May 2021, India would be entering the third phase of its coronavirus vaccination program, those above the age of 18 years will be vaccinated. In Phase 1 & 2 of the vaccination program, in which healthcare & frontline workers were prioritized, and in the 2nd phase senior citizens and those above 45 years with comorbidities were prioritized. 

This will not be the case in the current phase. Everyone above the age of 18 years will be vaccinated. The registrations for those above the age of 18 years will start on 28th April 2021. Earlier walk-in vaccinations were permitted. 

However, now there is a change in rules. Walk-in vaccination will not be allowed. Individuals must complete their self-registration and schedule appointments. Then they can avail themselves of the vaccines. Registration for the vaccines can be done on the Cowin website or the Aarogya Setu App. 

Let me tell you how various state governments procured their vaccines. Manufacturers of Covishield and Covaxin who are Serum Institute & Bharat Biotech would sell the vaccines to the Central Government. The Central Government would then allocate vaccines to the various states. 

These states would then allocate the vaccines to government & private hospitals. This was the process. Last week the government changed this process. Now the two vaccine manufactures can sell directly to state governments and private hospitals. The central government will not interfere in this transaction. 

Earlier vaccines in Government Hospitals were free but Private Hospitals were charging Rs 250 per dose. Now the companies can decide what price they want to sell the vaccines for. Serum Institute will sell Covishield vaccines for ₹400 per dose to the States Government and ₹600 per dose to private hospitals. 

Bharat Biotech’s vaccine will cost ₹600 per dose for the states and ₹1,200 per dose for private hospitals. The prices for the Central Government would remain the same. Both companies will sell the vaccines to the Centre at ₹ 150 per dose. 

There is no information about whether the cost of vaccines in Private hospitals will remain Rs 250 or whether there will be any additional charges. Some state governments have announced that vaccination will be free. 

Here are their names: Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa, and Kerala

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