Karnataka: Private hospitals gear up to join vax drive; say cost of dose is reasonable | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Private hospitals empanelled with the state government will work as Covid vaccination centres (CVC) once the vaccine is extended to the masses beginning with senior citizens from Monday (March 1).
In Phase 2 from Monday, senior citizens and people above 45 years of age with comorbidities can take the vaccine in private hospitals and government public health centres notified as CVCs. The government has identified 20 comorbidities including heart disease, respiratory diseases, diabetes and hypertension.
Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) has welcomed the decision to limit the price of a dose to Rs 250 and to involve the private sector in the drive. Speaking to TOI, Dr HM Prasanna, president, PHANA, said roping in private hospitals will help cover larger sections of society in a much shorter time frame.
Those eligible for the vaccine can either use the advance self-registration facility, register on-site at CVCs or use the cohort registration facility.
“It is a dream come true to tackle the pandemic through the vaccination process,” said Dr H Sudarshan Ballal, chairman, Manipal Hospitals, who is also a member of the state’s Covid-19 expert committee. “The government’s move to allow walk-in registrations followed by vaccination is hugely appreciated. The price fixed by the government is also reasonable.”
Dr Prasanna said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had already begun communicating with private hospitals, seeking their willingness to tie up with the government for the mass vaccination drive.
“BBMP is keen on engaging with smaller hospitals and nursing homes located across the city,” Dr Prasanna said. “With one private hospital in every ward chosen to administer Covid-19 vaccine doses, the drive can reach every nook and corner of the city.”
Treatment for adverse events

However, there has been no confirmation on who will bear charges to treat any adverse events following immunisation (AEFI). “Vaccination is a voluntary process. There is no compulsion,” sources said. “Those who are willing to take it will have understood the importance of vaccination. If the dose is administered in a government facility, the state will bear the cost of AEFI treatment. If it is done in a private hospital, the cost may have to be borne by the individual.”
Known mild side effects of the two Covid-19 vaccines in use in the country are nausea, giddiness, fever and myalgia (body pain). A huge majority of the AEFI cases reported so far in the state were people who experienced some, or all, of these conditions and most of them were treated as outpatients.

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