The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has clarified to consider the coverage of family members and dependents of the workers in the Employers driven vaccinations.
The MoHFW issued Guidance on COVID 19 Vaccinations at Workplaces (Government and Private) on 06 April 2021. Thereafter, it further issued the Liberalized Pricing and Accelerated National Covid 10 Vaccination Strategy on 21 April 2021.
In the latter notification, para 8(ii) states that,
The States, Private Hospitals, Industrial Establishments, through their hospitals, may procure vaccine doses directly from the manufacturers.
In this context, there was a clarification letter circulated stating that COVID 19 vaccination at Workplace (Government & Private) COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs), may be extended to all the employees of the workplace.
- Further, the family members and dependants of the workers, as defined by the respective employers, can also be covered with COVID 19 vaccination at the Industrial CVCs and the Workplace CVCs.
- To cover the family members and dependants of the workers as stated above, in the Industrial CVCs and the Private Workplace CVCs, the vaccine doses will have to be procured by the private hospitals with whom the respective employer tie up for vaccination.
- For the Government Workplace CVCs, beneficiaries aged 45 years or more may be covered through the free vaccine doses supplied by the Government of India to the States/UTs. The beneficiaries in the age group of 18 to 44 years may be covered through the vaccine doses directly procured by the respective State/UT Government from the vaccine manufacturers.