The central government of February 27 released the list of hospitals that states can choose to expand the vaccination drive under the second phase of COVID-19 immunisation programme.
The hospitals, which are either empanelled under the Ayushman Bharat-PM-JAY scheme or the central government health scheme (CGHS), can be used by states as private COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs).
Around 10,000 private hospitals are listed under the Ayushman Bharat-PM-JAY scheme, whereas more than 600 hospitals are empanelled under the CGHS.
Check full list of PMJAY and CGHS hospitals which the states can choose as private CVCs.
The Union government has capped the cost of vaccination at the private hospitals at Rs 250 per dose. At the government-run CVCs, the doses would be administered free of cost.
The cost has been fixed to allow the private hospitals to recover their expenses, while also prohibiting them from exploiting the benefeciaries.
All the private health facilities which will serve as CVCs must follow strict norms of "due process, quality and safety including integration with the National Co-Win (CoWIn) technology platform, the Health Ministry said.
The second phase of vaccination, beginning from March 1, allows citizens aged above 60 and 45-plus with co-morbidities to receive the vaccine shots.
The vaccination drive in India was initiated on January 16. Only healthcare workers and other frontline workers were covered under the immunisation campaign so far.