New Delhi: After the reports of some hospitality sector players offering Covid vaccination packages surfaced, the central government directed all the state administrations to take up action against such facilities.
Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan tweeted: “Hotels offering Covid-19 vaccination packages shall face strict legal action! Such activities are in contravention to rules under the national Covid vaccination program and must cease immediately.”
Hotels offering #COVID19Vaccination packages shall face strict legal action!
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) May 29, 2021
The Union health ministry wrote to all states on Saturday, saying it had come to its notice that “some private hospitals are giving packages for Covid vaccination in collaboration with some hotels, which is against (rules).”
The Centre has pointed out in the letter there are four available options for vaccination — government centres; private hospitals; at government and private offices and “near to home” centres for elderly and differently abled.
“Apart from this there is no other avenue to carry out (Covid) vaccination… therefore vaccination (being) carried out in star hotels is contrary to guidelines and must be stopped immediately. Necessary legal and administrative actions should be initiated against such institutions,” the letter by Union health ministry additional secretary Manohar Agnani says.