Vaccination Drive: Phase II to cover 60 plus, 45 plus people with comorbidities from March 1
Those who will be vaccinated at the private hospitals will have to pay for it, However, the government hasn't decided the price for vaccination.
The Centre will start the second phase of the vaccination drive from March 1. In the second phase, those people who are above 60 years of age and those who are 45 and have comorbidities condition will be covered.
Education Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will very soon release the details about the comorbidities condition and the disease that will be covered under it.
He also informed that the government will make arrangements for 10,000 daily doses in government hospitals and 20,000 daily doses in private hospitals.
According to him, those who will be vaccinated at the private hospitals will have to pay for it. However, the government is yet to fix the price for vaccination at the private hospital.
The government hospitals will vaccinate people free of cost.
Javadekar said that the government is in talks with the manufactures to fix the price of the vaccine for private hospitals.
Unconfirmed reports are taking rounds that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, other cabinet ministers, and Members of Parliament will also be vaccinated in the second phase, however, no confirmation has come from the government on this.
The government is expecting to cover about 27 lakh people in the second phase out of which 10 lakh will be above 60 years of age.
The first phase of the vaccination drive started on January 16 and it covers only health care workers and frontline professionals.
As of now according to the data released by the Health Ministry, “As on 24th February 2021, the vaccination coverage was 1,21,65,598 through 2,54,356 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. These include 64,98,300 HCWs (1st dose), 13,98,400 HCWs (2nd dose) and 42,68,898 FLWs (1st dose).”