Chavan slams Centre for letting pvt hospitals charge for COVID-19 vaccine
Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday questioned the Centre's decision to let private hospitals charge people for the COVID-19 vaccine in phase-II of the immunization drive that began on Monday.
Last week, the government had announced that people above the age of 60 and those over 45 years suffering from co-morbidities can avail the vaccine for free at government facilities and for Rs 250 at private hospitals.
In this amount, at the cost of Rs 210 per dose, more than 1.5 billion doses can be procured and 75 crore people can be inoculated twice, covering almost the entire adult population of the country, he said.
''If budgetary provisions have been made, why charge common people (at private hospitals)?'' the statement quoted Chavan as saying.
The former Union minister further pointed out that countries including the US, UK, and Canada were providing free vaccines to their citizens either through insurance schemes or by budgetary provisions.
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