The center released revised guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccination program on Tuesday, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that, taking into account demand from different states and union territories (UT), the union government would procure 75 percent of the COVID-19 vaccine. doses from the manufacturer.
“The Government of India will procure 75 per cent of the vaccines produced by manufacturers in the district. The vaccines procured will continue to be provided at no cost / unusable medical procedures, as has been the case since the start of the National Vaccination Program,” the guidelines said.
The revised guidelines come into force on June 21 and will be revised from time to time.
The Center will allocate vaccine doses to States / UTs based on criteria such as population, disease burden, and vaccination progress. The loss of the vaccine will negatively affect the allocation to states / unusable stations, he said.
Vaccine loss was a major issue in the vaccination program, as some states reported much higher spoilage than the national average. The Ministry of Health and the Prime Minister have repeatedly called for a reduction in vaccine waste.
The guidelines said that states / unusable persons could independently set priorities in the age group over 18, taking into account the distribution of vaccine stocks. The center will provide advance information on the doses of vaccines to be provided to states.
“States / UTs should, similarly, pre-allocate doses to vaccination areas and centers. They should also make public information on the above-available availability at the district and vaccination center level, and distribute them widely among the local population. , maximizing the visibility and convenience of citizens, ”the guidelines state.
Although 25 percent of the monthly production of vaccine manufacturers would be reserved for private hospitals, states / universities should consolidate the demand of private hospitals, keeping in mind the equal distribution between large and small private hospitals and the regional balance.
“Based on this aggregate demand, the Indian government will facilitate the supply of these vaccines to private hospitals and their payment through the National Health Authority’s electronic platform. This would allow smaller and more remote private hospitals to receive vaccines in a timely manner and continue fair access and regional balance,” it said.
The price of vaccine doses for private hospitals should be declared by each manufacturer, and any subsequent changes should be notified in advance. State governments will monitor the price charged by private hospitals, as the service fee is limited to Rs 150 per dose.
Although all citizens, regardless of income status, are entitled to free vaccinations, those who have the option to pay are encouraged to use private hospital vaccination centers, the guidelines state.
The government has announced it will also encourage the use of non-transferable electronic vouchers that can be used in private vaccination centers. These vouchers would make it possible to provide financial support for the vaccination of economically weaker parts in private vaccination centers.