Govt gives private sector greenlight to charge “admin fee” on free Covid-19 vaccines

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The Ministry of Health and Child Care has recruited the private sector into the Covid-19 vaccines programme and okayed selected members to bill an “administration fee” for the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Covid-19 vaccines remain free in public institutions, said Air Commodore Jasper Chimedza, Health and Child Care secretary in a letter to provincial medical directors, city health directors and central hospitals CEOs.

“However, the private sector is allowed to charge a nominal administration fee of injection by doctor using AHFoZ claim number 90070 ZW$423, an injection by a nurse 90072 ZW$220,64. At no point should the private sector charge more than the above stipulated administration fee,” Chimedza said. 

“The private sector will access the vaccines, syringes and registers and vaccination cards from provincial medical directors and city health directors who will be monitoring implementation of the programme,” he added. 

Zimbabwe started the roll out of the vaccines on February 22 2021 for the response of Covid-19. 

Zimbabwe has authorised the use of the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, as well as Russia’s Sputnik V and India’s Covaxin. 

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