Private Hospital Chains Max, Fortis And Apollo Set To Start
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Three leading private hospital chains, Max Healthcare, Fortis Healthcare and Apollo Hospitals have said they will roll-out the third phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive for everyone aged 18 and above from May 1. However, other hospital chains said they were short of vaccines and that they were unsure of whether they will receive any doses from the Delhi government.

“Max healthcare will be starting universal vaccination drive from select hospitals in the network in NCR. As the supplies of the vaccine pick up all hospitals in the network will be used to vaccinate citizens,” said the group in a statement. Covishield vaccine will cost Rs 800-900 per dose, said Max Healthcare CMD Abhay Soi.

Apollo Hospitals will start only a limited vaccine rollout for those above 18 years on May 1. The vaccine drive will be ramped up in the coming weeks. Apollo Hospitals, in a statement, said that vaccination for those above 18 years of age will begin at Apollo facilities in cities like Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata on May 1.

However, vaccinations for this age group will not begin in Delhi’s Apollo centres on May 1 as supplies are still expected, said sources from the hospital. Vaccinations for this age group are likely to begin in Delhi on May 3 or May 4.

Fortis Healthcare said it would start with its centres across north India and expand the drive to other cities when "supplies are made available by the authorities". It said it will administer Covaxin shots at Rs 1,250 per dose, which is inclusive of the cost of the vaccine and administration charges.