To boost vaccination, the government has allowed for paid vaccination facilities by private hospitals. But it seems the enthusiasm for the same has been muted. Reports said the paid vaccination being offered by Shalby Hospital did not get much response. Only 60 vaccinations happened in the initial three hours of the drive. The hospital said it can vaccinate up to 500 people in a day.
The vaccination drive by Apollo Hospital had also got a muted response. On day one of the drive, some 250 people got vaccinated but the numbers have dipped since then.
It should be noted that on-the-spot registration is offered at paid vaccination drive-through centres of private hospitals.
Paid vaccination in Ahmedabad
Shalby Hospital became the second private health care provider in the city to offer paid COVID vaccination. The hospital is offering the service at the drive-through facility at Sardar Patel Stadium. The hospital which is charging Rs1000 per dose said it is offering the vaccination at no profit no loss basis.
The hospital was looking at vaccinating 500 people in a day.
The AMC earlier distanced itself from the drive-through COVID vaccination under the PPP model that began from Thursday onwards. The civic body distanced itself from the paid drive-through vaccination provided by Apollo Hospital for Rs1000 a dose.
The AMC’s distancing came 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.
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