pmr: Booster injections for adults begin in some Pvt hospitals | Pune News

Pune: Booster vaccination of adults (the age group of 18 years and above) started on Sunday in the Pune metropolitan area (PMR) in a few private hospitals.
Healing Hands Clinic and Sahyadri Hospital officials said the precautionary dose vaccination started slowly on Sunday, and whether or not to purchase new vaccine stock will be decided based on the response in the coming days. Sanjay Patil, Chairman of Indian Hospitals Board of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Pune Chapter, told TOI: “Many hospitals are waiting for clarification on the price of chargeable injections and hence many of them decided to start it from Monday.”

On CoWIN, more than 30 private hospitals in the PMR were showing their available slots for precautionary doses paid for Rs386.
Dr Ashwin Porwal, Founder and Director of the Healing Hands Clinic, told TOI: “We had a good number of beneficiaries vaccinated early last year when the paid vaccination campaign started. Now, with the nine-month eligibility, these beneficiaries can easily get their precautionary doses or boosters in one place. On Sunday, about 30 beneficiaries took their booster injections and we charged them Rs 386 per injection as reported on CoWIN.
Dr. Dhananjay Kelkar from Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital said routine vaccination campaign is ongoing in their hospital and booster doses will be available for eligible recipients from Monday.
Abararali Dalal, CEO of Sahyadri Hospitals, said that with the current stock of 3,000 doses of Covishield with them, the vaccination program is continuing with booster doses. “However, the response is currently very low. Also, we have not received any guidelines from the authorities on discounted prices,” Dalal said.
Bharati Shah, a resident of Kondhwa, said now that boosters are available at private vaccination sites, she will ensure that all eligible family members receive the precautionary doses to fight contagion. “Most of my family members have completed nine months of taking their second injection and soon they will be taking their booster doses,” she said.

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