The hospitals said they had the old stock of vaccine that cost them much more than Rs 225.
The Centre has now allowed an admission charge of Rs 150 over and above the cost of the booster dose at private hospitals.
A meeting has been scheduled on Monday to discuss the revised rates. “We will hold talks on Monday on the guidelines that have been issued by the government,” said Sunil Dohre, the district immunization officer.
Private hospitals, meanwhile, are waiting for detailed instructions from the government. Dr Anuj Agarwal, medical superintendent of Yashoda Hospital in Kaushambi, said, “On the first day, 20 people eligible for the booster dose took the vaccine. On Sunday, all the booster doses that were administered were booked through CoWin. Like the first two shots, the booster dose of the same company will be given to people.”
The old stock of Covaxin that the hospitals are using now was procured for Rs 1,360 for each shot. Covishield cost the hospitals Rs 730 per dose.