The authorities in India have announced to expand the country's inoculation drive against Covid-19 to private hospitals and also allowing people aged above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities from Monday.
Private hospitals across India can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of Covid-19 vaccine, reports our New Delhi correspondent quoting official sources.
The Covid-19 vaccine will be given free of cost at government hospitals while people will need to pay for it at private facilities, according to the sources.
"Rs 250 will be the ceiling -- Rs 150 will be the cost of vaccine while Rs 100 will be service charge. This arrangement will remain effective till further orders," the sources said.
According to sources, all states and union territories have been informed about it.
Earlier on Friday, the Indian health ministry said that vaccine beneficiaries would be able to self-register in advance using a portal and through other IT applications, and would also be allowed for walk-in registration and inoculation.
The beneficiaries would be able to select the vaccination centre of his or her choice and book an appointment for vaccination, the ministry added.