Covid vaccines for private hospitals will be divided equitably among states in proportion to their populations and will be further distributed to individual hospitals or chains on the basis of a formulation intended to ensure wide participation and distribution. The 25% share of total monthly domestic production of vaccines, which is meant for private hospitals, is to be allocated by states and Union Territories to participating hospitals according to respective quotas, a senior Union government official said here on Friday. According to the new guidelines, states are to “aggregate the demand of private hospitals keeping in view equitable distribution between large and small private hospitals and regional balance”. The Centre will, based on the aggregated demand, facilitate supply of vaccines to private hospitals and payment through the National Health Authority’s electronic platform, the guidelines say. Officials said the exact protocols are being finalised but the term “facilitate” does not mean the Centre buying the shots for distribution to private hospitals. Making payments through the NHA portal will be optional, the official clarified, adding that a hospital can pay manufacturers directly for vaccines allocated. This system, which will come into effect on June 21, will mean that larger chains with a pan-India presence, cannot bulk buy for distribution among their hospitals in different states. In each state, they will have to be part of the “aggregated demand” finalised by the government concerned.
Jun 12, 2021, 08:52AM ISTSource: TOI.in