Highlights:

  • The Health Ministry has instructed states and UTs to dedicate more private hospitals to the vaccination drive.
  • Private hospitals have been asked to open vaccination slots for 15 days a month.
  • Previously, the private hospitals were allowing advanced booking for only a day or two.

Today, the Health Ministry has decided to dedicate more private hospitals which can be included in the second phase of the vaccination drive. To achieve this, the Ministry has informed all the state and UT governments to identify more private hospitals.

Previously, hospitals enlisted under the Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, Central Government Health Scheme, and State Health Insurance Schemes were included in the list. The list was released by the Health Ministry. “If private hospitals have an adequate number of vaccinators, adequate space for observation of the vaccinated, adequate cold chain management and adequate arrangement for the management of any adverse effect, then states/UTs can make efforts to use these private hospitals as vaccination centers,” the Ministry added.

Reportedly, private hospitals have been requested to open vaccination slots for 15 days a month. This would help people book their appointment in advance. Previously, the private hospitals were allowing advanced booking for only a day or two.

The second phase of the vaccination drive had commenced on March 1, 2021, which intends to vaccinate all elderly people above the age of 60 years and those between 45 years to 59 years. On the first day of the second phase, Prime Minister Narendra Modi got himself inoculated. Several other ministers like Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Rajnath Singh also got themselves vaccinated. 

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