The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday fixed the maximum price that private hospitals can charge for COVID-19 vaccines.
After deciding on ramping up the vaccination drive nationwide for 18+ against COVID-19, the Centre on Tuesday capped the charges for administration of vaccines in private hospitals.
A private hospital can charge Rs 780 for COVISHIELD, Rs 1,410 COVAXIN and Rs 1,145 for Sputnik V.
The Revised Guidelines for implementation of National COVID Vaccination Program, issued on 8th June 2021, provide that “the price of vaccine doses for private hospitals would be declared by each vaccine manufacturer, and any subsequent changes would be notified in advance. The private hospitals may charge up to a maximum of Rupees 150 per dose as service charges. State Governments may monitor the price being so charged”.
The prices currently declared by the manufacturers for the three vaccines are Rs 600 for COVISHIELD, Rs 1200 for COVAXIN and Rs 948 for Sputnik V.