Amount of reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccinations administered by occupational healthcare to be raised
The amount of reimbursement will be raised from the current EUR 10 to EUR 16. The temporary provision will enter into force on 10 January 2022 and it will remain in force until 30 June 2022.
The legislative amendment will secure and facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccination for people covered by health insurance and give employers better opportunities to provide COVID-19 vaccination through occupational healthcare.
Municipalities are responsible for COVID-19 vaccinations. They must, however, determine whether occupational healthcare service providers that operate in their areas can participate in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, if this is necessary to ensure the provision of vaccinations without delays.
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kela, can continue to reimburse COVID-19 vaccinations administered by occupational healthcare either as occupational healthcare costs or as medical expenses. The reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccinations may be paid directly to private occupational healthcare service providers while employers are liable for paying a deductible for vaccinations.
Compared to the current situation, raising the amount of reimbursement will reduce the occupational healthcare costs to employers when COVID-19 vaccinations are included in occupational healthcare services. The total costs to employers will depend on the contract made with occupational healthcare.
The Government submitted the bill amending the Health Insurance Act for approval and the President of the Republic approved the bill on Friday 7 January 2022. The amended Act will enter into force on 10 January 2022. The higher reimbursement amount will apply to COVID-19 vaccinations carried out on or after 1 January 2022.
Eva Ojala, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 295 163 201, [email protected]