The Serum Institute of India (SII) Director for Government and Regulatory Affairs Prakash Kumar Singh had recently made a written request to the Union Health Ministry for the inclusion of Covovax in the list of Covid-19 vaccines to be administered to the children from 12 to 17 years.
Initially, Mr Singh had stated that the Pune-based firm wanted to provide Covovax to private hospitals at a per-dose rate of Rs 900 plus which will include the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The official sources of the Serum Institute of India on Monday informed that children from the age of 12 to 17 years can now get the coronavirus vaccine Covovax at all the private centers. The children who want to avail for the vaccine have to get themselves registered on the CoWIN portal.
The move followed the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) that the COVID-19 jab can be administered in the age group of 12-17 years.
India's drug regulator had approved Covovax for restricted use in emergency situations in adults on December 28 last year and in the 12-17 age group, subject to certain conditions, on March 9India's drug regulator had approved Covovax for restricted use in emergency situations in adults on December 28 last year and in the 12-17 age group, subject to certain conditions, on March 9.
Currently, children aged 12 to 14 years are vaccinated with Biological E's intramuscular vaccine Corbevax, while those in the 15-18 age group are being administered Bharat Biotech's Covaxin at government vaccination centres.
The Serum Institute of India on Tuesday have notified that the price of the Covovax has been reduced to Rs 225 (excluding taxes) from Rs 900.
At private centers, a dose of Covaxin costs Rs 386, including the GST while the Covovax will come with a price of Rs 225.
Apart from the newly revised rate set at Rs 225, it has been added that the private hospitals can charge upto Rs 150 for the vaccination service. In contrast, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin will be administered free of cost in the government vaccination centres.