The Union health ministry announced on Tuesday that private hospitals that are not part of the central government’s vaccine programme are now allowed to administer the Covid-19 vaccine.
The federal government has advised states and union territories to make good use of private hospitals that operate as Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs).
“Private hospitals not impanelled under Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), central government health scheme (CGHS), and State Health Insurance Schemes have also been allowed to operate as CVCs if they have an adequate number of vaccinators, adequate room for observation of the vaccinated, adequate cold chain arrangement, and adequate arrangement for the management of AE,” according to the statement.
“States/UTs should take constructive steps to use these private hospitals as CVCs,” the report continued.
There is no shortage of Covid vaccines, according to the health ministry, and sufficient vaccine doses should be allocated to CVCs.
“At the state and district levels, states/UTs do not store, reserve, preserve, or establish a buffer stock of Covid vaccines. The health ministry said, “The Central Government has adequate stock and will provide the necessary vaccine doses to the States and UTs.”
Until now, over 1.54 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the world.