“Don’t put vaccine on sale”

Amaravati, May 22:

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him not to allow private hospitals and medical institutions to provide vaccine at a price.

He said, “In a situation where there is not enough supply to cater to all above 45 completely, and there was no possibility of taking up the free vaccination of the 18-44 years for the next few months, it appeared very unreasonable to allow some private sector hospitals to vaccinate people of all age groups at such exorbitant rates.

Not only is it a disadvantage to the poorer sections of the society who cannot afford such high cost, but it also creates a situation of black marketing of the vaccine, which administratively is a herculean task to control.
Making available various options to the public to get vaccinated, in both Government and private hospitals, would be a good idea only if there
is surplus supply and availability of vaccines, where in anyone can choose any mode as per his/her choice/financial capability. In today’s situation,
where vaccine supply is very limited, providing this option to the private hospitals, where in they charge an exorbitant price, is socially unacceptable
and administratively difficult to monitor.
I request you to kindly look into the matter and dispense with the supply of vaccines to private hospitals so that the entire stock is available
only to both the Central and State Governments to take up vaccination of all eligible people as per the policies of the both Central and different State
Governments.
I am confident that such a decision under your leadership will be widely appreciated and generate immense goodwill in favour of the Government and arrest black marketing of vaccines,” he said .

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