THD NewsDesk, New Delhi: On Wednesday, Information Technology major Infosys Ltd and consulting and outsourcing services provider Accenture PLC, Bengaluru said that as the country expands its massive vaccination drive, they would cover Covid-19 vaccination costs for their employees in India. From 1st March, 2021, India’s vaccination campaign ramped up, with people above the age of 60 and those over 45 with specified illnesses or certain medical conditions are now eligible for shots. Meanwhile, the government also announced “Vaccines administered at government health facilities will still be free, while private facilities cannot charge more than Rs 250 ($3.43) per dose”
However, chief operating officer: Pravin Rao, in an emailed statement said “To vaccinate employees and their immediate families as eligible, Infosys is looking at partnering with health care providers”.
The company further said “For Accenture, costs for employees and dependents who are eligible and choose to receive the vaccination will be covered”.
With AstraZeneca‘s shot being developed by the Serum Institute, and local player Bharat Biotech‘s Covaxin, the government has procured two Covid-19 vaccines approved in India so far. And these vaccines come at fixed prices and distributed them free of cost.
While, several other Indian companies, like autos-to-technology conglomerate Mahindra Group and consumer goods giant ITC Ltd, as early as in January had already started considering buying Covid-19 vaccines for their employees and their immediate family.