Centre asks states, UTs to ensure strict adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour, cap vaccine cost

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The Centre has written to all states and UTs asking them to cap the price of Covid-19 vaccines for private hospitals. In addition, the government has also called for more stringent enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour citing the rise in cases in parts of the country.

Private hospitals empanelled under the AB-PMJAY, CFHS and State's Health Insurance schemes will also serve as Covid-19 vaccination centres, Additional Secretary in-charge of the National Health Mission Vandana Gurnani said in her letter to states and UTs.

"The service charge to be recovered by private hospitals acting as Covid vaccination centres would be subject to a ceiling of Rs 100 per person per dose," Gurnani said.

She goes on to add, "Private hospitals will recover Rs 150 per person per dose as cost of vaccine dose."

Ensure adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour

On Saturday, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a high-level review meeting with chief secretaries of states and UTs of Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir.

These states and UT have shown an increase in new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the last few days.

"They were advised not to lower their guard, enforce COVID appropriate behaviour and deal firmly with violations. It was strongly underlined that they need to follow effective surveillance strategies in respect of potential super spreading events," the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.

During the meeting, the Cabinet Secretary also urged states and UTs to improve overall testing in districts reporting a reduction in testing, and increase RT- PCR tests in districts having high antigen testing.

The Centre has also called for authorities to undertake vaccination on priority in districts reporting higher cases and monitor mutant strains and clustering of cases for early hotspot identification and control.

While reviewing the Covid-19 situation with each state and UT, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba urged officials to levy heavy fines in order to enforce adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour.

(With inputs from PTI)

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