Covid Vaccination Phase 3: Today, the third phase of corona vaccination has started across the country from May 1 and in this phase, people in the age group of 18-44 have also been approved to apply the vaccine. A day ago, the central government had said that some states have partnered with the vaccine makers to take the vaccine from the open market and they will start the third phase vaccination drive. However, the central government did not provide more information. According to the news of the Indian Express, some big hospitals in the country have talked about furthering the vaccination with limited doses. Appolo Hospitals Group, Fortis Healthcare and Max Healthcare say that they will be vaccinating people aged 18-44 in some places. These hospital chains have managed some doses of Covishield and Covaxin. According to Apollo Hospitals, those who have taken the first dose and are waiting for the second dose will be given priority. Right now, these three hospital groups are starting the third phase vaccination drive at selected centers, but all three groups are working on the plan to vaccinate the facilities located in the country as the supply increases.
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Appointment will have to be registered on Kovin
Hospital chains will apply vaccines to people at Rs 1200–1250 per dose for Kovaxin and Rs 800–850 per dose for Kovishield. However, vaccines of both companies are not available on all the facilities. This includes the administration cost of the dose and GST. Those who want to get vaccinated, they will have to register on the Kovin platform and take an appointment.
About 11 days ago, without any discussion with the states and without any clarity about the stock, the central government approved vaccination to people between 18-44 years from May 1. However, states like Delhi, Maharashtra and Punjab had appealed to the central government for this. According to the recent order of the Center, private hospitals will have to manage this directly from the open market for anyone to apply the vaccine.
Priority for other dodgers in Apollo
Apovol Hospitals, the country’s largest hospital chain, has both Kovishield and Kovaxin available in hospitals in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Apart from this, the situation in Apollo Hospitals Rajasthan is also trying to apply vaccine to people through some of its clinics. According to Apollo Hospitals Group Executive Vice President Shobana Kamineni, the priority will be given to those above the age of 45 who are yet to take a second dose. Kamineni told the Indian Express that the vaccine she received from the government at the rate of Rs 150 per dose, had to be returned but there are still people who have received the first dose and are now waiting for the second dose . In such a situation, they cannot be put at risk. Kamineni told that it was decided for such people that if they can pay for the second dose, then they will be given priority to give the dose from the current stock. Apollo has started talks with the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech about the vaccine since November 2020 last year.
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Vaccine doses also available at Fortis and Max Healthcare
Covaccine is available only at Fortis Healthcare. From May 1, Kovaxin’s doses are being offered to people between the ages of 18-44 at many of its centers located in North India. Talking about Max Healthcare, KoviShield is available here and it can be dosed in few hospitals of Delhi-NCR. If you want to take the dose of Kovishield in Max Healthcare, then you can go to its hospitals located in Panchsheel Park, Patparganj, Shalimar Bagh, Rajendra Place (BLK-Max Hospital), Noida and Vaishali. Dr. Abhay Soi, Chairman and MD of Max Healthcare, told The Indian Express that soon vaccinations will also be started for local communities, corporate and resident welfare associations.