Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Friday said the booster dose of Covishield will cost Rs 600 plus taxes and Covovax, once approved as a booster, will be available for Rs 900 plus taxes.
Poonawalla also said that Serum Institute will offer large discounts to hospitals and distributors who will offer boosters.
His announcement comes after the Centre announced that the precaution dose (booster) of COVID-19 can now be administered to all those above the age of 18 and have completed nine months after the administration of the second dose.
The vaccination will begin from April 10 at private centres, said the Union Health Ministry.
"It has been decided that the precaution dose of Covid vaccines will be made available to the 18-plus population group at private vaccination centres. This facility would be available at all private vaccination centres," the ministry said.
"Adding an extra layer of safety! Precaution dose to be available to 18+ age group from 10th April, 2022, at private vaccination centres. All 18+ who have completed nine months after administration of second dose would be eligible for precaution dose," Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Twitter.