Private hospitals can charge a maximum of ₹780 for Covishield, ₹1,410 for Covaxin, ₹1,145 for Sputnik V

The Centre on Tuesday instructed private Covid-19 vaccine centers to not charge more than ₹780 for Covishield, ₹1,410 for Covaxin and ₹1,145 for Sputnik V jabs. The Centre said that private hospitals can charge up to ₹150 on service charges and the state governments will monitor the prices being charged.

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The Centre also said that steps are being taken to put the required validations by the CoWIN portal to make sure that prices declared by several private Covid-19 vaccine centres do not exceed that mandated by the government.

In its order, the Centre also highlighted that the prices declared by private Covid-19 vaccination centres needs to be reset to the maximum value instructed by the government. “The Co-WIN system will also reset the prices declared by private CVCs to the maximum value indicated, for respective vaccines, wherever the price declared by a CVC exceeds the maximum value,” the order said.

The government asked the state governments to take strict action against private CVCs wherever instances of over-charging arise.

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