The rates are fixed by the government and all are paying as per that only. Today I and my wife got the second dose of the vaccine in a private hospital in Hyderabad. We paid Rs.1500/- for both of us for Covishield. If the private hospitals directly procure the vaccines, the manufacturing companies may prefer giving them as they may get some money in advance and the remaining at the time of delivery. But if they give to the government there may be some delay in payment. That may cause short supplies to the government. That is why the government might have gone for this procedure.
and welfare giving acts and decisions taken since 2014. The decisions, announcements and implemented actions in regard to Covid vaccination make me recall my history lessons about Tuglak's reforms.
I feel that the government avoids consulting even the ruling party MP s and field level functionaries. This is very clearly seen from the hesitation and dilemma for the BJP/NDA party functionaries to put convincible justifications in defending the central government's actions.
Somehow we get a feeling that the government lacks transparency even in very essential matters. It is this lack of transparency and non-emanation of actual facts from authentic sources, that result in vested in and absolute lies and manufactured versions to spread around as truths and reality. The innocent people are thus compelled to believe these doctored, edited and misinterpreted versions as truths. There was no one from the central government side to come out with full real facts and full data to disprove the allegations of the opposition parties.
A very smoothly going vaccination drive initially (for senior citizens and those with co-morbidities issues) suddenly changed into a chaotic situation by the government's unrealistic, unevaluated announcements of procedure changes. By this none got satisfied and everyone got disappointed and betrayed. The lack of foresightedness, not having a concrete data basis for procurement, stock, pricing and distribution of vaccines led it to a big fiasco and bottleneck. This writer also became so frustrated and helpless in not getting a vaccine slot even after spending many hours navigating on the Cowin site.
The central government which was seemingly adamant and not ready to amend its erratic decisions and wrong implementations had to practically change its stand under court intervention and mounting protests. Thank God that things did not turn into worse happenings.
As of today, I feel the central government has lost its grip on the vaccination front and had to meekly submit to the multinational pharma lobby. Had it done a thorough homework and consulted all parties and field level party workers and officials, at the very initial stage itself, things would have been far far better. Now, we lost time, goodwill and money also.
What the central government has now done is putting manure when it is harvesting time. Better late than never! God bless us.
So far, the rate of vaccination has been slow enough and at this rate, it will take years to cover the entire population. If we lack in the vaccination drive not providing vaccination within six months, we would fail in checking the corona pandemic. Considering the current position, the government should not unnecessarily be sensitive to the extra profits earned by the private hospitals but encourage such hospitals for speedy administration of the vaccines to save the population from the pandemic.
The people who do not want to go through all the hassles of getting a slot for vaccination, and can afford to pay for it will go to private hospitals. This may ease some burden on the government.
Mr. Venkiteswaran has clearly expressed that the changed vaccine policy was erratic and counterproductive. I really wonder what was the agenda of the government in changing a policy that was going on very smoothly? The advice of the committee members appointed by it was also ignored. The warnings about the second wave were disregarded. It was overconfident and busy with the West Bengal elections. Add to this Kumbh Mela where lakhs of people converged disregarding covid protocols. This government is a one-man show and lacks transparency not only in covid management but all the matters of governance. When there is no transparency, doubts will naturally arise. Many lives of the people were saved by the timely intervention of the Apex Court.
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