/NHA warns of action against private hospitals for ‘misusing’ Covid vaccine process, Health News, ET HealthWorld
NHA warns of action against private hospitals for ‘misusing’ Covid vaccine process

NHA warns of action against private hospitals for ‘misusing’ Covid vaccine process, Health News, ET HealthWorld

An informal and nontransparent vaccination process at some private hospitals has allowed them to accommodate more walk-ins, denying slots to those who want to pre-register or leading to those who are already registered being turned away as supply is exhausted.

The National Health Authority (NHA) is aware of the situation and is likely to take action soon, CEO RS Sharma told ET.

“There are two problems that have come to our notice and these are not acceptable,” said Sharma.

“Private hospitals are not displaying their timetable or schedule for jabs in advance, as required. The schedule is displayed around 9 am the same day. Now, this means mostly walk-ins are possible.”

This, in many cases, has meant that those scheduled to receive their jabs are being denied.

“Despite people scheduling their jabs at some hospitals, when senior citizens go there, they are told the jabs have finished as walk-ins took them,” said Sharma. “These two problems are serious in nature and need to be resolved.”

The government threw open vaccinations to private hospitals on March 1 as it expanded the Covid inoculation process. Those over 60 years of age and people aged 45 and above with listed comorbid conditions are eligible to receive vaccination in this phase.

While opening up vaccinations at private hospitals, the government had provided three registration options to those eligible — self-registration through Co-WIN 2.0 platform or Aarogya Setu App, on-site registration at Covid-19 vaccination centres, and facilitated cohort registration for vaccinating identified target groups on specific dates.

Walk-in vaccinations through on-site registration seems to have become the most common among the three options.

Daily vaccinations have risen sharply with the involvement of private hospitals in the latest phase. On Thursday, 1.39 million people were vaccinated, the first time the daily numbers crossed a million. India began vaccinations on February 16 with two vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin.

So far, 18 million people have been vaccinated.