Govt hosps administer over 71% of doses, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Govt hosps administer over 71% of dosesNew Delhi: A majority of anti-Covid vaccines are being administered in government hospitals with over 71% doses given in public health facilities, whereas around 29% doses were dispensed in private hospitals.

Till Thursday evening (7pm), India administered over 2.6 crore doses of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute of India’s Covishield.

In around 17 states, including Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Gujarat, the private sector administered vaccine doses below the national average of 28.7%.

However, some states and UTs like Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Tripura have very few private facilities and vaccination is largely driven by government hospitals.

Though private hospitals were part of the vaccination drive even when the programme was initially rolled out for health and frontline workers on January 16, and the government has now allowed all hospitals that meet the requirements, their participation remains sub par.

This was done in view of increasing footfalls for vaccination after the government started inoculating those above 60 and those between 45 and 60 with specified co-morbidities. Govt hosps administer over 71% of doses

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