For private hospitals, the Union Health Ministry has fixed the price for different vaccines. Based on the prices currently announced by the vaccine manufacturers, private hospitals have set a fee of Rs 780 for the Covishield vaccine, Rs 1,410 for the Covaxin vaccine and Rs 1,145 for the Sputnik V vaccine. 5% GST will be charged for each vaccine. Along with this, a service charge of Rs 150 per dose will be charged on all the vaccines.
It is to be known that Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on Monday evening had said that from June 21, for all citizens above the age of 18 years in every state of the country, the Government of India will provide free vaccine to the states. The Government of India itself will buy 75 percent of the total vaccine production from vaccine manufacturers and give it to the state governments free of cost. PM Modi said that those who want to get the vaccine after seeing money, they can do so. Vaccination will also continue by paying money in private hospitals, but during this time the surcharge in hospitals will not exceed Rs 150.
The central government has come into action mode from Tuesday to increase the supply of vaccines. The Health Ministry has said that an order for 74 crore vaccines has been issued. This includes 25 crores Covishields and 19 crore doses of Covaccine. Apart from this, the government has also ordered to procure 30 crore doses of E-Biologicals Limited's vaccine, which will be available by September. The government has already released 30 percent of the order amount to these companies in advance.
The government has arranged 1276 million doses to vaccinate all adults by December. Earlier, till July 31, the government had ordered 53.6 crore doses. This does not include the Sputnik-V, which has already started being imported from Russia and will also start mass production in India after July.