The Covid-19 pandemic is a global health crisis of unprecedented nature. Fortunately, there has been significant progress in the development of Covid-19 vaccines worldwide and many countries have started to implement vaccination roll-out plans. Vaccination will be a key component of reaching so-called herd immunity, so that the pandemic can hopefully be brought under control.

Although there are no firm dates for the vaccination roll-out plan in South Africa yet, we can assure you that, once available, these vaccines will form part of the Prescribed Minimum Benefits for which you qualify as a NMAS member. This means that you will not incur any costs for Covid-19 vaccinations for you and your registered dependants.

For more information about the Department of Health’s Medical Advisory Committee’s roll-out plan, including who will qualify for vaccination during which phase of the roll-out, please refer to this article.

At this stage, medical schemes are not able to procure the vaccines for themselves directly. However, we are keeping abreast with the process of the procurement of the vaccine, as well as ways to rapidly distribute the vaccine to members once it becomes available. As soon as we have more relevant information available, we will share that with our members.

Finally, we urge all our members to take extra care during this second wave of infections. As tired as we all are of wearing face masks and practising social distancing, the risk of contracting this virus (especially with the more infectious strain we now have in South Africa) is higher than ever before. Don’t be anxious, but do be alert and do what is necessary to safeguard your health and that of the people around you.