Covid vaccine: Rs 150 cap may not apply to off-site camps by private hospitals | India News

NEW DELHI: Even as many private hospitals have raised concerns that the service charge for vaccination capped at Rs 150 may not be adequate for them to organise sessions outside of hospital, the ceiling may not apply to off-site camps, a government official said.
“Organisation of camps is not covered in Rs 150,” a senior official told TOI. While most hospitals are ready to vaccinate people within the existing set-up, they say the ceiling may not be adequate for organising ‘near to home’ off-site camps planned by them, including those with corporates, in residential housing societies or even drive-in vaccinations.
Private hospitals urged both the Centre and respective state governments to bring clarity on the issue to enable them to dedicate resources in the direction. “These are extraordinary circumstances and need extraordinary steps. While for hospitals, it should not be a matter of profitability, they would also not pay from their pocket. For vaccination within the hospital, Rs 150 as service charge should meet the costs. However, there are overhead costs for organising offsite sessions,” says Commander Navneet Bali, Regional Director, Northern India, Narayana Health.
The hospital has waived off service charges for vaccination within as well as at off-site camps. Most private hospitals were so far charging a service charge ranging between Rs 200-600 within hospital premises and for those sessions organised outside of hospitals, they had suggested even over Rs 1000 as service charge.
“The price cap is fine for vaccination at hospital but we have to organise camps or sessions outside of hospital that would require more manpower, resources and other overheads. Expansion of sites will be feasible only if some leeway is given at least for off-site sessions,” says Dr Charu Dutt Arora, Covid Care Expert at Sarvodaya Hospital and Research Centre.
Based on the price to private hospitals declared by vaccine manufacturers, the government has notified that private hospitals will charge Rs 780 for ashot of Covishield, Rs 1,410 for Covaxin and Rs 1,145 for Sputnik V. These include taxes as well as Rs 150 as service charge. A total of 42,274 sites conducted Covid-19 vaccination on Wednesday till 10:30pm. However, only 1778 were in the private sector, rest were organised by government.

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