COVID-19 vaccine precautionary dose service fee capped at Rs. 150
April 09, 2022, 5:57 p.m.
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The Center announced on Saturday that private vaccination centers can charge a service fee of up to Rs. 150 in addition to the cost of recipients’ COVID-19 vaccine precautionary dose.
It comes a day after the government announced that anyone over the age of 18 in the country would be eligible for precautionary doses, or boosters, from Sunday.
Why is this story important?
- The Center announced precautionary doses for all adults on Friday at a time when the majority of COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, with India recording a drop in cases.
- Notably, the move came after several experts previously called for booster shots to be given to everyone in the 18+ age bracket amid predictions that India could see its fourth wave. from June 2022.
Cost of Covishield, reduced COVAXIN booster doses
In particular, following the government’s announcement of adult recalls, the prices of the precautionary doses of SII’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN were lowered.
The two doses of vaccine will now cost Rs. 225 (excluding service charge). As a reminder, the Covishield booster was priced at Rs. 600 while the COVAXIN booster was priced at Rs. 1,200.
Meanwhile, Covovax would cost Rs. 900+tax once approved as a booster.
No new registration required on Co-WIN
In particular, no new registration on the Centre’s Co-WIN platform is required for precautionary doses because all beneficiaries would already be registered there.
However, beneficiaries can book their time slots and choose vaccination centers on Co-WIN.
Upon successful booking, they will also receive a confirmation message on their registered mobile number along with an OTP to present to the vaccination center.
More than 1.2 L of precautionary doses administered today
On Saturday, India administered a total of nearly 185.6 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Overall, more than 83.8 crore people have been fully vaccinated and nearly 99.5 crore have received a dose of vaccine, while 2.3 crore of precautionary doses have been administered so far.
On Saturday, India administered over 12.8 lakh doses as of 5:50 p.m., including over 1.2 lakh precautionary doses, according to Co-WIN.
Boosters for healthcare workers and seniors announced 3 months ago
The Centre’s landmark decision on Friday means the campaign to administer precautionary doses to all adults from Sunday (April 10) will begin exactly three months after the government began providing boosters in India.
As a reminder, the Center had started administering the same to healthcare and frontline workers and elderly people with co-morbidities on January 10.