Some private hospitals are giving package for Covid vaccination in collaboration with luxury hotels in violation of the guidelines and legal action needs to be initiated against them, the Centre said on Saturday.
In a letter to states and Union Territories, Additional Secretary to Health ministry Manohar Agnani has directed state officials to monitor and ensure that National Covid Vaccination drive is carried out as per the prescribed guidelines.
Under the guidelines, vaccination can be carried out government Covid vaccination centre and private Covid vaccination centre, workplace, near home Covid vaccination centre for elderly and differently-abled persons to be organised at group housing societies.
“Necessary legal and administrative actions should be initiated against such institutions. Therefore, you are also requested to monitor and ensure that National Covid Vaccination drive is carried out as per the prescribed guidelines,” he added.
Health Ministry writes to States/UTs on some private hospitals giving package for #COVID19 Vaccination in collaboration with some hotels.
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Pamphlets of star hotels offering Covid vaccination packages – including a comfortable stay, healthy breakfast, dinner and wifi, along with “vaccination by experts from a renowned hospital and clinical consultation on request” – have been doing the rounds of social media.
A hotel based in Mumbai is offering a package for people to “get vaccinated and rest” at their premises for prices ranging between Rs 3,500 to Rs 5,000. This includes meals as well.
Over 20 crore doses have been administered so far since the nationwide inoculation drive began early this year.
The government aims to vaccinate the entire country by the end of this year. “The Health Ministry has given a blueprint. 108 crore people – with 216 crore doses – will be vaccinated by December,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.