With the government allowing booster doses for all adults from Sunday, (Serum Institute of India) SII has announced new prices for its COVID-19 vaccine Covishield. In a notification, the company informed, the end-users will have to pay ₹600 for Covishield booster dose and the hospitals will get it at a discounted price.
From Sunday, those older than 18 who received a second dose nine months ago will be eligible for the “precaution” dose, the health ministry said. “Adding an extra layer of safety,” Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a Twitter post flagging the decision. Till now the booster dose was only limited to the elderly and the frontline and healthcare workers. A total of 24 million booster doses have been administered so far.
The country has given 1.85 billion vaccine doses among its population of 1.35 billion. Of these, 82% are Covishield. Other vaccines used in India are the domestically developed Covaxin and Corbevax, and Russia’s Sputnik V.