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Center Releases Revised Guidelines for National Covid Vaccination Program, to Be Implemented June 21 | India News


NEW DELHI: The government of India released revised guidelines for the national Covid vaccination program on Tuesday to be implemented from June 21. This is due to the difficulties that states face in managing the financing, procurement and logistics of Covid-19 vaccines. .
Under the revised guidelines, the Center will purchase 75 percent of the vaccines produced by the country’s manufacturers.
According to the notification issued by the Center, the revised guidelines will be implemented as of June 21 and “will be revised from time to time.”
“Vaccine doses will be assigned to states / UTs based on population, disease burden and vaccination progress. Wastage will negatively affect allocation,” the guidelines say.

Center Releases Revised Guidelines for National Covid Vaccination Program, to Be Implemented June 21 | India News

Center Releases Revised Guidelines for National Covid Vaccination Program, to Be Implemented June 21 | India News

“The Government of India will purchase 75% of the vaccines produced by the country’s manufacturers. The purchased vaccines will continue to be provided free of charge to the States / UT, as has been the case since the start of the National Vaccination Program. These doses will be administered by the States / UT at no cost to all citizens according to priority through the Government Immunization Centers, “the notice said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Monday a centralized procurement system for Covid-19 vaccines, starting June 21, with 25 percent of procurement available to the private sector, as well as free vaccines for everyone over the age of 18 years. .
It had also announced a limit of 150 rupees on the amount that private hospitals can charge on the cost of purchasing the vaccine from the manufacturer.
Regarding the vaccine doses provided free of charge by the Government of India to States, the Center said that vaccination will be prioritized as follows: Health workers; Front-line workers; Citizens over 45 years of age; Citizens whose second dose has arrived; and Citizens over 18 years of age.
Under the guidelines, within the population group of citizens over 18, the Center said states / UTs can decide their own prioritization taking into account the vaccine supply schedule.
“Vaccine doses provided free of charge by the Government of India will be allocated to states / UTs based on criteria such as population, disease burden and vaccination progress. Vaccine waste will negatively affect allocation.” the notification said.
In addition, the Center said that under the revised guidelines, it will provide states / UT with advance information on the doses of vaccine that will be provided to them. “Similarly, states / UTs should allocate more doses well in advance to districts and vaccination centers. They should also put information on past availability at the district and vaccination center level in the public domain, and disseminate it widely among the local population, maximizing the visibility and convenience of citizens ”, he stated.
To incentivize production by vaccine manufacturers and encourage new vaccines, domestic vaccine manufacturers have the option of also providing vaccines directly to private hospitals.
“This would be limited to 25% of their monthly production. The states / UTs would aggregate the demand from private hospitals taking into account an equitable distribution between large and small private hospitals and the regional balance. On the basis of this aggregate demand, the Government of India will facilitate the supply of these vaccines to private hospitals and their payment through the electronic platform of the National Health Authority. This would allow smaller and more remote private hospitals to obtain the timely supply of vaccines and greater equitable access. and regional balance ”, indicated the government.
Under the new guidelines, each vaccine manufacturer would declare the price of vaccine doses for private hospitals and any subsequent changes would be notified in advance. “Private hospitals can charge up to a maximum of Rs 150 per dose as service charges. State governments can control the price charged,” he said.
The government noted that all citizens, regardless of income level, have the right to free vaccination, and those with the ability to pay are encouraged to use vaccination centers in private hospitals.
Under the revised guidelines, to promote the spirit of “Lok Kalyan”, the use of non-transferable electronic vouchers that can be redeemed at private vaccination centers will be encouraged, allowing people to financially support the vaccination of sections economically. weaker at the private level. vaccination centers.
“The CoWIN platform gives all citizens the ability to conveniently and securely book vaccination appointments in advance. All government and private vaccination centers would also provide an on-site registration facility, available to both individuals and groups. of individuals, for which a detailed procedure finalized and published by the States / UT must be carried out, in order to minimize any inconvenience for citizens, “said the Center, adding that states can also optimally use the Centers for Common Service and Call Centers to facilitate prior reservation by citizens.
“The revised program provides states / UT with additional central government support in financing, procurement, and logistics. It also facilitates scientific prioritization, broader access, leveraging private sector capacity, and flexibility at the state and local levels.” added the Center.
The plan for free centralized Covid-19 vaccination was presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 1 following the completion of a month of the decentralized model.
The implementation of the liberalized and accelerated phase 3 strategy of Covid-19 vaccination started from May 1, 2021.
(With inputs from agencies)

Times of India