Private hospitals to become vaccine sites; Centre lets states to decide

The health ministry has now decided to allow states and UT governments to identify more private hospitals as vaccine sites. This is mainly for the ongoing second-phase where senior citizens and people above 45 with co-morbidities are being inoculated.

Initially, only hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, Central Government Health Scheme and State Health Insurance Schemes were allowed to vaccinate people at 250 per dose. The ministry released a state-wise list of all these hospitals.

As vaccine drive gathered pace on the third day, he Centre said if private hospitals have an adequate number of vaccinators, adequate space for observation of the vaccinated, adequate cold chain management and adequate arrangement for the management of any adverse effect, then states/UTs can proactively make efforts to use these private hospitals as vaccination centres.

The Centre has also asked states to not store vaccines or to create a buffer stock, apprehending any future shortage

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