Covishield booster dose to cost Rs 600 plus tax: Source

The Covshield booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be priced at Rs 600 plus taxes, a source from Serum Institute of India (SII) told India Today on Friday. SII added that hospitals will get the jab at a discounted price.

The development comes moments after the Union Health Ministry announced that the COVID-19 precaution dose will be available for all adults from April 10 at private vaccination centers.

The ongoing free vaccination program through government vaccination centers for first and second dose as well as precaution dose to healthcare workers, frontline workers and 60+ population would continue and would be accelerated, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement.

The ministry also noted that 96 per cent of all 15+ population in the country have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, while 83 per cent of 15+ population have received both doses.

Meanwhile, official sources had told news agency PTI on Sunday that the COVID-19 Working Group of the NTAGI had recommended the inclusion of the Serum Institute’s Covovax in the national vaccination program for those aged 12 years and above.

India’s drug regulator had approved Covovax for restricted use in emergency situations in adults on December 28 and in the 12-17 age group, subject to certain conditions, on March 9.

India began inoculating children aged 12-14 from March 16. Biological E’s Corbevax is being used to inoculate them.

(With inputs from Sneha Mordani and agencies)

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The Covshield booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be priced at Rs 600 plus taxes, a source from Serum Institute of India (SII) told India Today on Friday. SII added that hospitals will get the jab at a discounted price. The end users will have to pay Rs 600 for Covishield booster dose and the…

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