Moving forward, the Chandigarh municipal corporation will not be providing free anti-rabies vaccination for dog bite victims who aren’t from the city.
This decision has been taken in compliance with UT administration’s directives. The municipal corporation (MC) of Chandigarh has said that it will charge INR 100 per dose for anti-rabies vaccine and INR 50 per dose for an anti-rabies serum for people who visit Chandigarh government dispensaries from Panchkula, Mohali and anywhere else.
The facility of free vaccines is only for the people living Chandigarh and every individual must show residence proof to avail the free service. Employees who work in Chandigarh but reside elsewhere can also avail the free vaccination by showing their work identity card.
Dr. Amrit Warring, the medical officer at the health department has said that a letter regarding fixed rates has been sent to all dispensaries and government hospitals for compliance. There are two dispensaries in Chandigarh – Sector 19 and 38 exclusively that deals with dog-bite patients and will have to comply with MC guidelines as directed.
Bill Passed Last Year
The bill was passed by the house in December last year. They proposed a fixed rate for vaccines for people coming from outside Chandigarh. To respond to any backlash, the officials said that the price kept for vaccinations for non-residents are still lower than the actual cost of the vaccines which is between INR 400-500 in the open market. The serum costs even more than INR 500.