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Economic Survey 2022 | Only 4-5% of Covid-19 vaccine shots administered in private hospitals

Private hospitals were slated to be an important partner in the COVID19 vaccination drive launched in January, 2021 but barring a few initial months, their role in the massive campaign has been negligible as high prices of vaccines at private centres has kept people away.

January 31, 2022 / 05:55 PM IST
(Image: Reuters)

(Image: Reuters)

The dismal participation of private hospitals continues in India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, as only 4-5 percent of the total shots administered against Coronavirus have been given in the non-government facilities, the latest Economic Survey report has confirmed.

In India so far, over 166 crore vaccine shots against COVID-19 have been administered and as on January 31, of over 1 lakh Covid vaccination centres across the country, more than 98,000 were in government hospitals.

“Except for about 4-5 percent of total doses administered in the country, rest have been administered at government COVID-19 vaccination centres,” said the latest survey report tabled in the Parliament on Monday.

Since the beginning of the country’s massive Covid-19 vaccination programme, the government has said that 25 percent of all the vaccines available in India will be available for direct procurement by private hospitals, which can sell the vaccines at specified rates.