Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
29 Jan 2021
7:45 am

‘Universal health coverage’ mooted for vaccine

Sipho Mabena

‘Vaccination will be free at the point of service’, with or without medical aid.

File picture. Homeless men and shelter staffers wait in an observation room after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at The Open Hearth mens shelter in Hartford, Connecticut on 22 January 2021. Picture: Joseph Prezioso/AFP

Though the contentious National Health Insurance (NHI) is yet to be legally signed into government policy, the vaccination plan is very much in line with the principles, tenets and aspirations of the NHI. According to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s spokesperson, Lwazi Manzi, the approach was part of government’s goals to achieve universal coverage reach. She said many other countries were following similar paths of universal health coverage in their vaccine roll-out to ensure no one was left out, rich or poor. “There are still challenges that are a hangover, socioeconomic dynamics that have defined the old way of delivering public...