Apollo Hospitals and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories have announced the launch of a limited pilot programme for the Sputnik V vaccine as part of the soft launch by the company in India. The first phase of the programme will begin with vaccinations in Hyderabad on May 17 and in Visakhapatnam on May 18 at separate facilities at the Apollo Hospitals in those cities.
The Sputnik V vaccines for the pilot programme would be supplied by Dr. Reddy’s from the first batch of 1,50,000 vaccine doses imported by them for the soft launch. After Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, the pilot programme will be extended to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, and Pune.
The vaccinations would follow the SOPs as recommended by the government including registration on CoWIN.
“We are currently administering COVID vaccine at 60 locations across the country including Apollo Hospitals, Apollo Spectra hospitals and Apollo Clinics,” said Dr. K. Hari Prasad, President – Hospitals Division, Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited, in a statement.
This pilot phase will allow Dr Reddy’s and Apollo to test the arrangements and cold chain logistics and prepare for the launch.