Centre directs states to utilise non-public hospitals in full capability for Covid-19 vaccination drive  


In a push to additional improve the vaccination protection among the many common inhabitants, the Centre has directed the states to utilise 100 per cent capability of personal hospitals functioning as Covid-19 vaccination centres.

In the primary two days of the second part of innoculation drive that started on Monday – the place all residents above the age of 60 years and people above 45 years with related comorbidities are eligible for vaccination – solely non-public hospitals empanelled beneath Ayushman Bharat, Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), and State Health Insurance have been designated as vaccination centres.

However, the Centre Tuesday directed states to utilise all of the non-public hospitals for the vaccination drive. “Private hospitals not empanelled under the above mentioned three categories have also been permitted to operate as COVID Vaccination Centers (CVCs)…States/UTs can proactively make efforts to use these private hospitals as CVCs,” the Union Health Ministry mentioned.

The resolution was communicated to the states on Tuesday in a high-level assembly chaired by Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary together with Dr Ram S Sharma, Chairman of Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (Co-WIN).

However, the states have directed to make sure that all of the non-public hospitals that may function as vaccination centres will need to have “an adequate number of vaccinators, adequate space for observation of the vaccinated, adequate cold chain arrangement and adequate arrangement for the management of Adverse Event Following Immunisation”.