.…. Sets admin fees
By Staff Reporter
Government has extended the COVID-19 vaccination programme to private health facilities in hotspots and set the administration fees to be charged, an official has said.
The Covid-19 vaccination programme was rolled out on February 20, 2021 with the vaccine being administered for free at public health institutions.
In a statement, Health and Child Care secretary Dr Jasper Chimedza said the programme was now extended to private players in hotspots.
“The Covid-19 vaccination programme remains free in public institutions and private sector,” he said.
“However the private sector is allowed to charge a nominal administration fee of the injection by a doctor using AHFoZ claim number 90070 ZW$434,35, and injection by a nurse 90072 ZW$220,64.
“At no point should the private sector charge more than the above stipulated administration fee.”
Dr Chimedza said private health facilities would be monitored to ensure adherence to the stipulated measures.
“The private sector will access the vaccines, syringes and vaccination cards from Provincial Medical Directors (PMDs) and City Health Directors who will be monitoring the implementation of the programme,” he said.
“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 Director and reporting adverse events following immunisation if any.”
Dr Chimedza said Government was intensifying the vaccination programmes in areas including hotspots, border towns, rural communities, learning institutions, prisons, mining and farming communities.
The vaccination programme was rolled out in phases with Government initially targeting frontline workers, the elderly and people with co-morbidities.
As of last week, 1 096 002 people had received their first jab, while 635 738 had been fully vaccinated.
Official statistics show that an average 33 000 people per day were vaccinated against Covid-19 in the last seven days, with the trend showing an upward trajectory with each passing day.