COVID-19 vaccination: Act against hospitals tying up with hotels for inoculation, Centre tells states
In a letter, Additional Secretary to Health Ministry Manohar Agnani said the 'vaccine package' being offered by some institutions is against the guidelines of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
New Delhi: The Centre has asked states and union territories to initiate legal or administrative action against institutions which are giving a 'vaccine package' for in collaboration with hotels in violation of prescribed guidelines.
In a letter to all states and UTs, Additional Secretary to Health ministry Manohar Agnani said it has come to the notice of the Union health ministry that some private hospitals are conducting COVID-19 vaccination in collaboration with some hotels, which is against the guidelines issued for the National Covid Vaccination Program.
"Apart from government Covid vaccination centre and private Covid vaccination centre, workplace, near home Covid vaccination centre for elderly and differently-abled persons to be organised at group housing societies, there are no other avenues to carry out vaccination under the national Covid Vaccination Program so vaccination carried out in star hotels is contrary to the guidelines and must be stopped immediately," Agnani was quoted as saying in the letter.
"Necessary legal and 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 the prescribed guidelines," he added.
On Saturday, 5,747 new cases of coronavirus were registered in the country while 29 people died. A decrease of 83 has been registered in the daily number of newly infected Covid-19 patients as compared to yesterday
The World Bank report said that there are already many signs of a global slowdown. It said that the global economy is now poised for the sharpest recession since the 1970s
The active cases comprise 0.10 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate increased to 98.71 per cent.