Vaccination is an integral pillar of the strategy involved by the government to manage the pandemic along with Test, Track, Treat and ensure Covid Appropriate Behaviour. India has administered more than 21 Crores of Vaccine doses to various beneficiaries.
Utilizing the opportunity, Some of the star hotels have started advertising Vaccination packages wherein you can enjoy a comfortable stay with breakfast and dinner and get the Vaccination done by experts from renowned hospitals.
However, it has not gone well with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Dr. Manohar Agnani in a press release stated that ‘ It has come to the notice of Union Health Ministry that some private hospitals are giving Vaccination packages for Covid Vaccination in collaboration with some hotels, which is against the guidelines issued for the National Covid Vaccination Program’.
As per Covid Vaccination guidelines following four options are available for carrying out Covid Vaccination:
- Government Covid Vaccination Centre.
- Private Covid Vaccination Centre run by a private hospital.
- Workplace Covid Vaccination Centre at government offices to be run by the 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, etc. temporarily.
Apart from this, there are no other avenues to carry out vaccination under the national Covid Vaccination Program, therefore vaccination carried out in star hotels is contrary to the guidelines and must be stopped immediately. Necessary Legal & Administrative actions should be initiated against such institutions.
‘Therefore, you are also requested to monitor and ensure that National Covid Vaccination drive is carried out as per prescribed guidelines’ stated Dr. Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in a press release.