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The government approved the vaccination insurance law, and sent it to the Parliament

The Estonian Government approved today the draft of the vaccination insurance law, and sent it to the Parliament to discuss. The objective of the law is to encourage people to get vaccinated, therefore protecting yourself and others from the illnesses.

“Vaccine insurance should increase the feeling of security related to the vaccination, and support people, who have had a serious, although rare side effect. We'd like to encourage people to get vaccinated, and therefore protect themselves and others from falling seriously ill,” said the health- and employment minister Tanel Kiik.

The objective of the vaccine insurance is to increase the trustworthiness of vaccines, and therefore the willingness to get vaccinated. Vaccine insurance will compensate severe health problems that developed after the adverse reaction to the vaccination and last at least four months. The base rates of the compensation are fixed, and both — material and non-material damage depending on the severity of the damage will be compensated.

As written in the draft, the providers of the vaccine have a mandatory insurance payment, and it depends on the number of doses for use in Estonia, also the payment levels decided by the government. Insurance payments will cover insurance related expenses like application processes and payments to the Estonian Medical Agency and the Estonian National Health Insurance.

By the draft, to be eligible to the vaccine insurance, you'd have to have a serious health problem that has lasted at least four months, a person dies, and the connection between the vaccination and the health problem is likely.  

All changes necessary to create the vaccine insurance will be added to the Law of Medicines. It is said, that the vaccination insurance will come into force from the 1st of May 2022, and during this year, all COVID-19 vaccination cases will be covered that happened during 2021, or 2022. From 2023, other vaccines are included.

Source: The Ministry of Social Affairs

Everything you should know about the COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccination is free of charge for all people living in Estonia, even without the national health insurance.
  • Vaccination is voluntary.
  • Vaccination is open to all people who are at least 5 years old.
  • Compared to COVID-19 illness, vaccination is safe, and generally, the side effects pass quickly.
  • Booster doses are available only for adults, and the time for a booster jab is 2 months after finishing the vaccination course with the Janssen vaccine, and 3 months after finishing the vaccination course with AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
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