Centre directs pvt hospitals, hotels to stop giving COVID-19 vaccination packages

Centre directs pvt hospitals, hotels to stop giving COVID-19 vaccination packages A medical worker inoculates a dose of the coronavirus/COVID-19 vaccine (Photo Credit: PTI)

New Delhi: On the topic of some private hospitals handing out packages for coronavirus vaccination in collaboration with hotels, the Union Health Ministry announced that the move is completely against the National COVID vaccination programme guidelines and needs to be stopped immediately.

The Centre made their announcement on this in a letter written to states/ Union Territories (UTs).

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“It has come to the notice of Union Health Ministry that some private hospitals are giving package for COVID vaccination in collaboration with some hotels. This is against the guidelines issued for the National COVID vaccination programme. Vaccinations carried out in star hotels is in contrary to the guidelines and must be stopped immediately,” Union Health Ministry Additional Secretary Dr Manohar Agnani stated in the letter.

“Necessary legal and administrative actions should be initiated against such institutions,” the letter added.

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According to the COVID vaccination guidelines, four options are available for carrying out the vaccination drive; Govenment COVID Vaccination Centre, Private COVID Vaccination Centre run by private hospitals, Workplace COVID Vaccination Centre at government offices to be run by govermment hospitals and at private companies to be run by private hospitals, Near to Home COVID Vaccination Centre for the elderly and differently abled person to be organised at group housing societies, RWA offices, community centres, Panchayat Bhawans, schools/colleges, old age homes on a temporary basis.

India’s COVID-19 tally

India reported less than 2-lakh cases in the last 24 hours after a slight peak on May 27. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country reported 1,73,790 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday (May 29). 

2,84,601 discharges & 3,617 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, as per the Health Ministry. The new COVID-19 cases pushed the country’s total tally to 2,77,29,247. Active caseload further declines to 22,28,724 with active cases decrease by 1,14,428 in the last 24 hours. 

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