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Covaxin vs Covishield: open market price, efficacy, timing of second dose | Latest India News

From May 1, anyone over the age of 18 will be considered eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine only by pre-booking on the Co-Win website. The registration process will begin on April 28. This is the first time that state governments and private hospitals will independently purchase the vaccines and administer them at a fixed price per dose. As of now, Covishield, the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford in collaboration with AstraZeneca and manufactured in India by the Serum Institute of India in Pune and Covaxin from Bharat Biotech will be available. Later, fully ready-to-use imported vaccines will also be available on the open market.

Covaxin to cost 600 for states, 1,200 for private hospitals: Bharat Biotech

Before deciding which Covid-19 vaccine to take, here is everything you need to know about these vaccines:


Both vaccines include two doses. Covishield has an overall efficacy of 70%, but it can exceed 90% when given as a half dose followed by a full dose one month later.

Covaxin showed 78% efficacy in the second interim analysis and 100% efficacy against “severe Covid-19 disease”.


Covishield will be given to 400 per dose to states and 600 per dose to private hospitals. Covaxin, on the other hand, will cost 600 per dose for states and 1,200 per dose for private hospitals. But how much will you have to pay?

> In central government hospitals, all vaccinations will remain free.

> The prices that have been announced are for purchase by state governments and private hospitals. Pricing for end users will depend on whether hospitals charge additional service fees.

On Covishield’s price line, Center says it will buy vaccines at 150 per plug

> If you get vaccinated at public hospitals in the state, the price may also drop in case the state subsidizes the price. Some state governments including Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have announced that vaccination would be free.

> This price range is reserved for people between the ages of 18 and 44. Vaccination of healthcare workers, frontline workers and people over 45 will continue as before.

Is the open market price of vaccines the highest in India?

Prices set for private hospitals in India — 600 and 1,200 – are considered the highest in the world. While Bharat Biotech did not address the price issue and said cost recovery was key, Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla said the comparison between the price in India and elsewhere was unfair.

When should you take the second dose?

If you are receiving Covaxin, the second dose should be taken within four to six weeks. If you receive Covishield, the second dose should be taken in four to eight weeks.