Second phase of vaccination drive: Gujarat allows paid shots

Second phase of vaccination drive: Gujarat allows paid shots

Ahmedabad, Feb 27 (PTI) Eligible COVID-19 vaccine
aspirants in Gujarat will have to pay Rs 250 per shot if they
opt to get themselves inoculated at 522 designated private
hospitals during the second phase of the vaccination drive
beginning March 1, the state government said on Saturday.

However, the aspirants above 60 years of age and those
aged 45 years and above with comorbidities can get the shots
free across the network of over 2,000 government hospitals in
the state, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who heads Health
department, told reporters.

He said

those seeking vaccination at private hospitals
empanelled under the ”Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana”
(PMJAY) and the state government”s ”Ma Vatsalya Yojana” will
have to pay Rs 250 for each dose of the vaccine, which
included Rs 150 as the cost of the vaccine and Rs 100 as
administration charge.

“The Gujarat government has made preparations for
vaccination of beneficiaries above the age of 60 and those
between 45 and 59 years of age but are suffering from
comorbidities. Such beneficiaries will be administered
COVID-19 vaccines free of cost in PHCs, CHCs, sub-district and
district hospitals, hospitals of medical colleges as well as
civil hospitals. There are 2,005 such hospitals across the
state,” Patel said.

He said the Central government had also made
arrangements for aspirants to get vaccinated at private
hospitals under the PMJAY by paying Rs 250 per dose, including
Rs 100 towards registration cost and Rs 150 for the vaccine.

“Such beneficiaries will have to pay Rs 500 for both
the doses,” Patel added.

He said 522 private hospitals in Gujarat are
empanelled under the PMJAY and the Ma Vatsalaya Yojana.

Patel said the stategovernment will supply vaccines
to government and private hospitals eligible under these
schemes.

He stressed that COVID-19 vaccine will not be
available in the open market.

“The vaccines in both government and private hospitals
will be meant for the beneficiaries under the categories
determined by the Central government,” the deputy CM said.

The first nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive, which
began on January 16, covered healtcare workers and frontline
workers.

Gujarat is seeing a steady rise in new coronavirus
positive cases.

On February 26, the state recorded 460 new infections,
taking the cumulative tally of cases to 2,69,031. PTI KA
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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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