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Covid-19: Union health secretariat writes to states and UT about phase 3 inoculation campaign News from India

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NEW DELHI: Starting May 1, coronavirus vaccine types and their prices will be displayed on the CoWIN portal for citizens to make an informed decision when booking an appointment at a private vaccination center.
While individuals ages 18 to 44 will be eligible to receive the vaccine by paying from any of Covid’s private vaccination centers (CVC), citizens under the age of 45 will also be eligible to receive a vaccine from a government CVC. in a state or Union territory that decides to lower the minimum cutoff age for eligibility.
The registration of citizens in the 18 to 44 age group will begin on the CoWIN portal from April 28.
Covishield manufactured by the Serum Institute of India will be given at Rs 400 per dose to states and Rs 600 per dose to private hospitals, while Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will cost Rs 600 per dose for states and Rs 1200 per dose for hospitals. private.
In a letter to the states and UT, the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that each private CVC must declare in CoWIN, the type (s) of vaccine, the vaccine stocks and the prices it decides charge citizens for vaccination services. offered starting May 1.
Appropriate changes are being made to COWIN’s facility registration module to include these details, he said.
“The types of vaccines and their prices will be displayed in the appointment module in COWIN so that citizens can make an informed decision when reserving a vaccination appointment,” said the Secretary of Health.
All vaccination spaces at private CVCs will continue to be offered for CoWIN or Arogya Setu online appointments only. On-site registrations / appointments will be allowed only if any doses are left in the last open vials to minimize vaccine waste, the letter said.
According to the provisions of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy document of Liberalized and Accelerated Prices, all priority groups, such as health workers, frontline workers and citizens over 45 years of age, will continue to be eligible for the Free vaccination of government CVCs or by payment. of private CVCs.
State and UT governments, in the event of purchasing vaccine doses directly from manufacturers, may decide to expand coverage of the purchased doses to lower the age cutoff for vaccination eligibility in government CVCs.
The CoWIN system will provide the function to states and UT to establish the minimum age cutoff value for a state and territory of the Union. In such cases, government CVCs will be visible to eligible beneficiaries to book an appointment online based on the validation of the minimum cut-off age defined by the respective state / UT government, indicated in the letter.
Citizens in the 18 to 44 age group will be eligible to receive the vaccine, upon payment, from any of the private CVCs.
“Citizens under the age of 45 will also be eligible to receive the vaccine from a government CVC in a state / UT where that state and UT decide to lower the minimum cutoff age for eligibility for beneficiaries to less than 45 years, to cover such additional eligible beneficiaries from vaccine stocks procured directly by the respective state / UT government from vaccine manufacturers, “the letter noted.
Bhushan, in his letter, said that the eligibility conditions for any health facility for registration as CVC have not changed either.
For any private health facility to function as a CVC, the facility must have sufficient cold chain equipment and capacity, sufficient rooms / space for waiting area, vaccination and observation after vaccination, sufficient number of trained vaccinators and verifiers and the ability to manage adverse events after immunization (AEFI), according to the norms and guidelines of the ministry.
As long as an industrial establishment has a hospital that is eligible for CVC registration under the eligibility conditions, those units can register with CoWIN as an industrial establishment CVC.
Industrial establishments without such adequate hospitals can register as industrial workplace CVCs, with mapping to any other existing private CVCs.
“From now on, it will not be necessary for the state and UT governments to send any proposals to the ministry for the approval of new private CVCs, prior to their registration with CoWIN,” the letter read.
“The state / UT government may designate an appropriate authority at the state / district level that will ensure that only facilities eligible based on specified criteria are registered with CoWIN as CVC. The designated authority must make a decision on registration, within two days subsequent to the receipt of the application / request in this regard, “he said.
The health secretary warned the states and UT that the registration of new CVCs can be carried out in a campaign mode and meetings can be held with private hospitals and their representative organizations in which they can be fully informed about the liberalized prices and the national Covid-19 accelerated. vaccination strategy and previous provisions.
Registration of willing hospitals that meet the eligibility criteria can be done in CoWIN in an expedited manner.
The system of supplying vaccine stocks to private CVCs and collecting Rs 150 per dose will cease to exist as of May 1, the letter reiterated.
“Therefore, the state and UT government would need to take a full balance of the funds deposited by the private CVCs, the doses of vaccine that were supplied to them, the doses of vaccine used so far, and the doses that are likely to be used until April 30, 2021 “. ” He said.
Unused vaccine stocks should be returned to the Cold Chain Point from where the stocks were issued. State / UT governments should make a careful assessment of the potential for full utilization of such vaccine doses by April 30, before issuing further stocks to private CVCs, the letter says.

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