Sparsh hospital’s poster read, “The wait is over. Covid vaccine drive for children at Sparsh hospital. Open now for ages 2-18 years.” It said each dose would cost Rs 1,200 although the vaccine has not yet been cleared for paediatric use in India. The poster, which also provided the contact number of the hospital to fix appointments, drew flak.
The Drug Controller General of India is yet to issue emergency use authorisation for Covaxin among children, although the process has begun. On Tuesday, the expert panel advising the government of India recommended issuing emergency use authorization for the vaccine in children.
The Drug Controller General of India now has to approve paediatric use of the vaccine and only then details such as specific quantity for each dose and the cost, or whether it will be provided for all children free of cost by the government, would be known. Private hospitals currently administer Covaxin to adults at Rs 1,410 for a 0.5 ml dose.
Due to lack of due diligence, the poster went viral and many parents who are anxious to get their children vaccinated, dialled the hospital.
Speaking to TOI, Dr Sharan S Patil, chairman of the hospital, clarified that the hospital has not yet begun inoculating children.
“The marketing team was working on a creative and it was circulated within the team for approval,” said Dr Patil. “This was leaked. It slipped out from within the team and, while everybody was blaming each other, it went viral. There is no date or anything on it. It was meant to be released as and when the government approves the vaccine.”
Dr Patil admitted that it was indeed embarrassing and unfortunate. “We spoke to Bharat Biotech [manufacturers of the vaccine], explaining that it was inadvertent and have apologised for the mistake,” he said.
The private hospitals’ association also too took objection. “It’s not right to create such a poster when the drug is yet to be given emergency use authorisation by the Drug Controller General of India,” said Dr HM Prasanna, president, Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA).
Dr Prasanna said private hospitals in Bengaluru together have nearly 1.4 lakh doses of Covaxin lying unused. He said there is no demand for the vaccine and hospitals are waiting for a government directive to make use of the doses.
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