Government Allows Private Sector To Vaccinate People In Hotspots At A Fee

IN a bid to scale up vaccination programme the government has extended its national vaccination programme to the private sector.

HealthTimes Reporter

In a letter addressed to provincial medical doctors, city health directors and chief executive officers of central hospital the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Child Care , Air Commodore, Dr Jasper Chimedza said it was extending its vaccination programme to the private sector starting with private hospitals, clinics and private medicals aid societies.

Zimbabwe started the roll out of vaccines on the 22nd February 2021 for the response to COVID-19. The vaccination programme was implemented in phases starting with the frontline workers, elderly and people with co-morbidities.

“The government has procured additional vaccines for response to COVID-19 outbreak in the country and the campaign is now being extended to the rest of the population throughout the country with emphasis on hospots through out the country, boarder towns, towns and cities, rural communities, learning institutions, Market places, prisons, mining and farming communities,” said Dr Chimedza.

He added that the implementation of the vaccination programme which was being done mainly by the public sector was now being extended to private health facilities starting with private hospitals, clinics and private medical aid societies.

“The COVID-19 vaccination remains free in public institutions and private sector. However, the private sector is allowed to charge a nominal administration free of injection by doctor using AHFoZ claim number 90070 ZW$434.35 an injection by a nurse 90072 ZW220.64. At no point should the private sector charge more than the above stipulated administration fee.

“The private sector will access the vaccines, syringes and registers and vaccination cards from the Provincial Medical Directors and City Health Directors who will be monitoring the implementation of the programme. The recruitment of the private sector into this COVID-19 vaccination programme is subject to the participants not charging for the vaccines, daily reporting of statistics to the next level through the PMDs and City Health Directors and reporting of adverse events following immunization if any,” Dr Chimedza said.

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