Amidst free claims of corona vaccination, youth paid crores for vaccination in private centers
Even though the government has announced to provide free corona vaccine in the state, people are still compelled to get the vaccination done at private centers by paying expensive prices
Even though the government has announced to provide free corona vaccine in the state, people are still compelled to get the vaccination done at private centers by paying expensive prices. Especially in the Dehradun district, due to limited slots in government centers in the age group of 18 to 44, a lot of vaccines are being given by the private centers. Due to the limited availability of vaccination slots at government centers, the youth has to pay a cost of more than five crores for about 57 thousand vaccines in Dehradun. In the Dehradun district, due to the lack of vaccines at government vaccination centers and not getting online slots, youth are forced to pay at private centers. In about 20 days so far, 57 thousand youth in the category of 18 to 44 have got their vaccines done in private centers in the district. Initially, private centers were being charged from 900 to 1100 rupees per dose.
However, after fixing the price by the central government four days ago, Rs 780 is being charged for the Covishield vaccine by private centers. Assuming an average of Rs 900 per dose, about Rs 5 crore 13 lakh have been spent on youth vaccination. According to the data of the Health Department, 159297 vaccines have been administered in the district so far in the 18 plus category. In this, 102312 vaccines were administered at government centers whereas 56985 vaccines were done by private centers. 390911 vaccines have been given in 45 plus category, out of which 371209 have been vaccinated in government centers. At present, 26 government centers are being run for the youth in the Dehradun district for the first dose and seven for the second dose. These also include some of the recently launched Mobile Teams. More than five thousand people are getting vaccinated on them daily. At present, six private centers are running.
Private hospital tops in vaccination in Dehradun
Max Hospital is on top in terms of vaccination in Dehradun. According to the data of the Covin portal, till Monday evening Max Hospital had received 28070 vaccines. On the other hand, SPS Rishikesh 24540 is at number two, Doon Hospital 17625 is at number three. It is followed by PHC Balawala 14615, MS Doon Booth 14075. This is followed by Premnagar Hospital 12782, Police Line Booth 2 12191, CHC Raipur 11574, MS Residence Doon Hospital 10307, MCH Doiwala 10244, Gandhi Hospital 10163. Other centers have less than ten thousand vaccines.
Impact on student and unemployed class
Kamlesh Khantwal, associated with the public health campaign, says that if the system had been better at government centers, then the money of the youth could have been saved or could have been spent on other needs. It is a matter of concern that in the age group of 18 to 44, along with the employed, students and unemployed youth also come by vaccinating them in private, their financial burden will increase. Keeping this in mind, the government should promote vaccination at government centers.
45 plus people have also spent 49 lakhs
390911 vaccines have been administered in 45 plus in the district. 371209 vaccines were administered at government centers. 19702 Vaccines were administered at private centers. 250 per dose was charged for the vaccine which was provided by the government to private hospitals. Accordingly, people of this category in the district have spent about Rs 49 lakh 25 thousand on vaccination.
As vaccines are available, centers for immunization of youth are being increased. Mobile teams have also been set up in rural areas so that more immunization of youth can be done. On Monday itself, more than five thousand were vaccinated at 33 centers in the district. Wherever vaccination is being done in private centers. It is being levied at the prices fixed by the Government of India said Dr. Anoop Dimri, CMO, Dehradun