Though manufacturers are selling the Covishield and Covaxin vaccines to private hospitals at ₹600 and ₹1,200 per shot, respectively, some centres have been charging as high as ₹1,800 for one shot of Covishield and ₹1,500 for one shot of Covaxin. The median cost of Covishield at private centres makes up for 22% of an average urban household's monthly expenses.
Out of the 325 private centres offering Covishield, 84% had fixed the price at ₹800 to ₹1,000 per shot. As many as 25 of them charged more than ₹1,000, while only 14 of them charged less than ₹600. Out of 149 private centres administering Covaxin, 90% charged between ₹1,200 and ₹1,400.
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In Uttarakhand, the minimum price for a Covishield shot at private centres was ₹900, the highest among the States listed. However, only two such hospitals from the State (mentioned inside brackets) were listed on the Co-WIN portal.
Share of expenses
Covishield's median price at the private hospitals sampled was 22% of an average urban household's monthly budget.
Covishield's median price at the private hospitals sampled was 75% of the average monthly expenditure of the poorest urban households; the figure was 7% for the richest.
Note: Prices are from Co-Win portal as of 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1.
Source: Data compilation courtesy Pratap Vardhan
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