New guidelines have been issued by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday regarding the prices of corona vaccine in private hospitals. According to this, for Oxford-Astragenica’s Covishield, Bharat Biotech’s Covaccine and Russian-made Sputnik-V vaccine, a private hospital cannot charge more than that fixed amount, including GST and service tax. It has been told by the Ministry of Health that a maximum of Rs 780 can be charged for Covishield, Rs 1410 for Covaccine and Rs 1145 for Sputnik Vaccine.
The Ministry of Health said that the revised guidelines for the Covid Vaccination Program have been issued on 8 June. It said that all vaccine manufacturers will have to announce the price of the vaccine for private hospitals. If there is any change in it, then it will have to be informed in advance. Private hospitals can charge a maximum of Rs 150 as service charge for a single dose. State governments can keep a watch on these prices.
600 has been announced by the manufacturer on Covishield. Along with this, adding Rs 30 GST and service charge of Rs 150 makes the total cost of Rs 780. Similarly, the vaccine manufacturer has announced its price of Rs 1200. At the rate of 5 percent, 60 rupees GAC and 150 rupees service charge, its price becomes 1410. So on the other hand, the manufacturer has kept the price of Rs 948 for Sputnik-V. 47.40 rupees GST and 150 rupees service charge together makes the total price of 1145 rupees.
The central government on Tuesday said that it has placed orders for 44 crore doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccines – Covishield and Covaccine. A day earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that the Center would take over the procurement quota of the states and free vaccines would be made available to the states for people above the age of 18 years. The Union Health Ministry said that these 44 crore doses of Covid vaccines will be supplied by the manufacturers between August and December.
The Center has placed orders for 25 crore doses of Covashield and Bharat Biotech for 19 crore doses of Covaccine to Serum Institute of India after the Prime Minister announced changes in the guidelines of the National Covid Immunization Program yesterday, an official said. . “Additionally, 30 per cent advances for the purchase of both the Covid vaccines have been released to Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech,” he said.