Pvt hospitals free to procure vaccine

These are unlikely to get vaccine till June

Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, May 2

Private hospitals are free to procure vaccine and administer it to patients above 18. Kangra CMO GD Gupta said this while talking to The Tribune over the involvement of private hospitals in the vaccination drive.

The CMO said the vaccine was being delivered to government hospitals free of cost by the Union government. However, after April 30, the government had decided to rope in private hospitals too.

He said after procuring the vials, any private hospital could seek permission for vaccination. A team of health officials would go to the hospital, inspect its infrastructure and give it permission, the CMO said.

The vaccination to people of 45 years and above ws being carried out in Kangra. Around 11,000 people were being vaccinated daily.

Meanwhile, sources said private hospitals were unlikely to get vaccine till June. Even states were likely to get vaccine for 18 years and above till mid-May and the vaccination drive was likely to start in June.

They said some private hospitals had already placed orders for vaccine but were not likely to get supplies till June. The demand for vaccination among people had increased and thousands had applied on government portals. A huge rush was being seen outside government vaccination centres.

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