To scale up Coronavirus Vaccine delivery, the Central govt has allowed use of additional Private hospitals provided they have all the facilities required for vaccination.
In the second phase of coronavirus vaccination, the government has included all private hospitals. This phase, which started from Monday, included 10,000 private hospitals previously linked to government schemes. On Tuesday, the day after the commencement of vaccination, the government expanded its scope. The Central Government has assured that there is no shortage of coronavirus vaccine.
The central government has asked all the states and union territories to have more capacity for vaccination at all private hospitals covered by the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and State Health Insurance Scheme. Use of additional Private hospitals which are not included in these three schemes will also be allowed provided they have all the facilities related to vaccination of coronavirus.
Private hospitals should have these facilities:
- Adequate cold chain arrangements and vaccine staff
- Space for Observation and Arrangement of Management of Adverse Events (AEFI) after vaccination
- Arrangement for handling crowds and seating people
- Arrangements for water and signage
Centre says no need to store vaccine
The Central govt has also asked the states not to store the Coronavirus vaccine and provide complete supply to the vaccination centers, as the Centre has no shortage of vaccines. Therefore, the government and private hospitals should provide as much vaccine as needed.
Private hospitals are allowed to apply for 24-hour vaccine
To increase the speed of coronavirus vaccination, the central government has scrapped the limit from 9 am to 5 pm. This means now private hospitals can vaccinate beneficiaries at any time. The Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that if there is no objection to the vaccine provider, then the hospital can do the vaccination even after 5 pm.