The government will now take help of private sector to carry out vaccination drive in view of the rising coronavirus cases. The government is expected to make an official announcement regarding this today. The government will try to launch vaccination drive from private hospitals as well as the private sector, said a source to Lokmat.
The number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra has been increasing over the last few days. In the last few days, there has been a demand from the government to make vaccination open to the general public.
In this context, a meeting of few entrepreneurs from Pune was held with the Union Health Secretary today.
A number of suggestions were made to increase the testing capacity, increase RT-PCR testing as well as reduce dependency on NIV.
The meeting discussed a number of issues such as untimely examination of the patient, keeping a track on patients who are home quarantine and negligence on the part of the citizens regarding the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of virus.
Against this backdrop, it is now likely that Union Minister Prakash Javadekar will announce the participation of private entrepreneurs in covid vaccination drive.
In the anouncement, the amount to be charged by private hospitals and the procedure to be followed will also be clarified. Government agencies will be responsible for both availability and approval of vaccines.
The vaccination will be done by registering on the Co-WIN app. Of course, it is not yet clear whether the vaccination will be done in the order decided by the government.
However, general public will get vaccinated through this drive or it will happen as per phases decided by the Centre, is still not clear.