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A day later, AMC distances itself from paid drive-through COVID vaccination at GMDC

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The AMC it seems has distanced itself from the drive-through COVID vaccination under the PPP model that has begun from Thursday onwards. It seems the civic body now does not want to be associated with the paid drive-through vaccination that is being provided by Apollo Hospital for Rs1000 a dose.

The AMC’s distancing comes following criticism that on the one hand people are struggling to get a slot to get the shot and on the other hand the AMC is joining hands to encourage hospitals for vaccination for a high cost. What is interesting is that the paid vaccination drive also offers on-the-spot registration while the free vaccination drive at government centres is yet to offer it.

After the matter reached Gandhinagar, the civic body has distanced itself from the drive and even its name has been put aside in the banners that were prepared for the same. The AMC also clarified that the drive is by the private hospital and the rates are also fixed by it.

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About paid-vaccination drive

A representative of Apollo Hospital said that it is their initiative and that they had been invited by the AMC for the same. He said as of now there is no question of AMC taking rent for use of GMDC ground. Fifty-five people from the hospital are involved in the drive.

Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said he is not aware if the civic body had discussed the paid drive with the state health department.

Earlier the AMC had provided free drive-through vaccination at various palaces including GMDC. But following cyclone Tauktae the drive was stopped as the dome had blown away.

 

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