Vaccine price at private facilities likely to be capped at Rs 250 per dose

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The coronavirus vaccine at the private facilities is likely to be given at Rs 250 per dose, sources have told India Today TV. While the vaccine is being given free of cost at the government centres, people will need to pay for it at private facilities.

The amount people, who want to get vaccinated at private hospitals, would need to pay will be announced by the health ministry either today or tomorrow, sources said.

Earlier, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had said that the health ministry would decide the amount within 3-4 days as they are in discussion with manufacturers and hospitals.

Sources have told India Today TV that the vaccine price at the private hospitals is currently been fixed at Rs 250 per dose, inclusive of Rs 100 service charge.

"There will be no capping, there will be one fixed price," sources said, adding, "Till now this has been deliberated upon, this is the price until further changes."

The cumulative number of coronavirus vaccine doses administered to healthcare and frontline workers has crossed 1.37 crore in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

As per the provisional report till Friday 6 pm, a total of 1,37,56,940 vaccine doses have been given through 2,89,320 sessions - 66,37,049 (76.6 per cent) healthcare workers (HCWs) who got their first dose, 22,04,083 (62.9 per cent) HCWs who received their second dose and 49,15,808 (47.7 per cent) frontline workers (FLWs) who were administered their first dose.

"Total 2,84,297 vaccine doses were given till 6 pm on Friday, the 42nd day of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination. Out of which, 1,13,208 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 1,71,089 HCWs received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report," the ministry said.

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