On the question of some private hospitals giving packages for COVID-19 vaccination in alliance with hotels, the Union Health Ministry said that this move is against the guidelines issued for the National COVID vaccination program and must be stopped immediately. The Centre said this in a letter addressed to states/ Union Territories (UTs). Source - ANI
Union Health Ministry's Statement
"It has come to the notice of Union Health Ministry that some private hospitals are giving package for COVID vaccination in collaboration with some hotels. This is against the guidelines issued for the National COVID vaccination program. Vaccinations carried out in star hotels are contrary to the guidelines and must be stopped immediately," Union Health Ministry Additional Secretary Dr. Manohar Agnani expressed in the letter. "Necessary legal and administrative actions should be initiated against such institutions," it added.
Covid Vaccination Guidelines
As per the COVID vaccination guidelines, four options are available for carrying out the vaccination drive; Government COVID Vaccination Centre, Private COVID Vaccination Centre run by private hospitals, Workplace COVID Vaccination Centre at government offices to be run by government hospitals, and at private companies to be run by private hospitals, Near to Home COVID Vaccination Centre for the elderly and differently-abled person to be organized at group housing societies, RWA offices, community centers, Panchayat Bhawans, schools/colleges, old age homes temporarily. Apart from this, there are no other avenues to carry out vaccination drives under the program. Agnani requested the states and UTs to regulate and ensure that vaccination drives are carried out as per the prescribed guidelines. Several posts were floating on social media about vaccination package offered by star hotels in collaboration with private hospitals.