Coronavirus: Private Healthcare Centres Can Take 'Service Ch
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Private healthcare centres can take a 'service charge' from beneficiaries to meet their operational expenses-- syringes, needles, manpower, etc. during the COVID-19 vaccination drive. A service charge of Rs 100 will be added to the cost of the vaccines. Private centres will not be allowed to charge more than Rs 100 from beneficiaries.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said those who go to government centres will be administered the vaccine free of cost. While there is no official word from the government yet, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria told, "Charges of the COVID-19 vaccine would be to just cover overhead expenses which private sectors would need."

According to healthcare experts, the government is figuring out the judicious cost of the vaccines. Since Covaxin is more expensive compared to Covishield, the government is worried that beneficiaries might avoid Covaxin because of its higher price.

"The second phase of the world's largest vaccination drive will start from March.1 in which anybody above 60 years, that may not be less than 10 crore people in the country, and 45 years plus with co-morbidities will be given vaccines in 10,000 government medical facilities and also over 20,000 private hospitals," Javadekar said.

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