The Indian government on Friday had said it will let people choose their coronavirus vaccination centres when the campaign expands tomorrow to cover those over 60 and those over 45 with illnesses.
There are more than 10,000 private hospitals in the country that are cleared to give out vaccines apart from all government hospitals and health centres.
COVID-19 vaccines, will cost every person Rs 250 per shot in private hospitals across India starting Monday.
The vaccine makers will get Rs 150 per jab while hospitals will earn Rs 100 per shot for every dose of the vaccine administered.
The service charge to be recovered by private hospitals acting as COVID Vaccination Centers would be subject to a ceiling of Rs 100 per person per dose. In addition, private hospitals will recover Rs 150 per person per dose as cost of vaccine. Hence, the total ceiling amount recoverable by private hospitals is Rs 250 per person per dose.
Also, in the beginning of the second phase of the vaccine, only Covishield, developed by Oxford University-AstraZeneca, will be made available in about 20,000 private hospitals.
Those over 60 will have to only show their identification with age while those over 45 with chronic illnesses will have to get a form signed by a registered medical practitioner.
The country has halted vaccinations this weekend to upgrade software used to coordinate its campaign, as it prepares to widen coverage beyond the health and front-line workers immunised since January 16.
With the world's highest tally of infections after the United States, India wants to vaccinate 30 of its 135 crore people by August. The decision to give people a choice to choose centres, effectively being allowed to choose vaccines could speed up the roll-out, officials believe.
"The fundamental shift in this phase is that citizens in the identified age groups, as also those healthcare workers and frontline who have been missed out or left out of the present phase of vaccination, can select vaccination centres of their choice," the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement.