24/7 jabs plan: Private hospitals throw up their hands

While the Centre has agreed to conducting vaccinations 24*7, private hospitals say that it is not a feasible idea. Dr HM Prasanna, president of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes’ Association (PHANA) told Bangalore Mirror, “Practically, it is not feasible to vaccinate people round the clock because it entails deploying staff 24*7. The government has allowed us to charge only Rs 100 which is not sufficient to manage such a huge project.” He suggested that instead of 24*7 vaccination, the government should open up vaccination in all the private hospitals.

“The technical glitches need to be sorted out first. We don’t get the OTP on time or we find names are missing from the list. Dealing with this is time consuming. I also feel that if the vaccination process is open round the clock, the load on the CoWin server may increase and it may crash often,” he added. It may be recalled that PHANA had written to Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr K Sudhakar to immediately allow all private hospitals to vaccinate the beneficiaries.

PHANA has said that currently the vaccination program in the private sector was only under the Ayushman Bharat- Arogya Karnataka empanelled Hospitals and Central Government Health Scheme empanelled hospitals which was highly insufficient to reach the targeted population. Many people were approaching private hospitals to get vaccinated, he said.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has requested Police commissioner N Kamal Pant to make rally and event organisers responsible for maintaining covid protocols. In the last few weeks, Bengaluru has been witnessing massive protests and rallies. However, to everyone’s surprise, hundreds of people who participate in these rallies don’t wear masks or follow social distancing measures.


While they get away, families travelling in cars are penalised if they don’t wear masks. People called out such double standards which led the BBMP chief to make this comment.

Prasad said, “The protestors or event organisers don’t seek permission from BBMP but from the police. So, the police should make them responsible if any guidelines are flouted.” Bengaluru has already been witnessing a number of cluster outbreaks which is why the number of cases is rising in the city, said Prasad.

Earlier in the day, BBMP commissioner held a meeting with health officials to widen the scope of the covid vaccination drive. “Currently, vaccinations are being done at 24 hospitals including 19 private hospitals.

From Monday next, we want to start the vaccination process at 141 primary health centres, 26 maternity and six referral hospitals. Added to this, 107 private hospitals which have more than 100 beds’ capacity will be brought under the ambit.

This will ensure that the vaccination sites will be increased so that people need not wait to get inoculated,” he said. He added that despite requests from senior citizens to be vaccinated in their homes, it could not be done due to strict guidelines issued by the Centre.

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