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Covid-19 Dose Booster: Government caps service charge at ₹150. Details here

The Union Department of Health announced on Friday that the Covid-19 precautionary dose or booster will be made available to all people over the age of 18 from April 10, Sunday at health centers. private health.

This eliminates the possibility of these Covid-19 booster doses being given with a subsidized amount or even free.

On Friday, Serum Institute of India director Adar Poonawalla had mentioned that Covishield booster or precautionary doses would be available for 600 plus tax. He also said that Covovax, which has not been approved as a booster shot, will cost around 900 plus tax, once approved.

On Saturday, the Indian government said private vaccination centers can charge up to a maximum of 150 as a service charge in addition to the cost of the third Covid-19 vaccine.

The government further mentioned that the third dose will be of the same vaccine administered as the first and second dose. Beneficiaries are eligible for the third dose, nine months after their second dose, the union’s health ministry has informed.

The decision was made after the Union Health Secretary held a meeting with all state and union territory health secretaries.

No new registration on the CoWIN portal would be necessary for the precautionary dose as all due beneficiaries are already registered on the platform.

The booster dose has already been rolled out free of charge to frontline workers and people aged 60 and over. But others will have to pay for the precautionary doses that will only be available to them at private vaccination centers.

“Add an extra layer of security!” The precautionary dose will be available for the 18+ age group from April 10, 2022 at private vaccination centres. All 18+ who completed 9 months after the 2nd dose was administered would be eligible for the precautionary dose,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted after the announcement.

The expansion comes at a time when countries around the world are rolling out the booster doses for their citizens to thwart any potential threat from new variants.

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