New Delhi (NVI): The Centre has now allowed all private hospitals across the country, which were not empanelled by the Government to give Covid-19 vaccine, to operate as vaccination centres, the Health Ministry said today.
Notably, all private hospitals were not empanelled under the central government scheme, to give Covid-19 vaccine, in the second phase of immunisation drive.
In the initial two days of the second phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive that began yesterday, only private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat, Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), and State Health Insurance were designated as vaccination centres.
Pertinent to mention here that in the second phase, citizens above 60 and those above 45 with comorbidities are being inoculated.
In a statement today, the Union Health Ministry also urged the states and UTs not to store, reserve, conserve or create a buffer stock of the COVID-19 vaccines.
The Centre reiterated there is no shortage of the vaccines and hence, adequate vaccine doses should be allocated to the COVID Vaccination Centres(CVCs). “The central government has adequate stock and will provide the required vaccine doses to the states and UTs,” the Ministry said after an official review with the states.