With the Covid -pandemic now at its tail end, we can say, with relative confidence, that the scourge is on its way out. However, the issue of vaccines is still very much in the spotlight. We will be looking into whether or not Zimbabwean medical aid companies cover Covid 19 vaccination.

Though it’s not mandatory to get a vaccination in Zimbabwe, the government, through various campaigns, has been encouraging people to get vaccinated. Just recently, the mask mandate has been lifted for those who are fully vaccinated except indoors in public places.

Most Medical Aids Not Paying for the COVID-19 Vaccines

As of now, most medical aids are not paying for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 virus has been around since the beginning of 2019. In response to this, many countries offered free vaccinations for anyone who is at risk of contracting the disease. While some countries like South Africa and Botswana have made it mandatory for citizens to receive a vaccination, others like Zimbabwe have not taken such steps.

In Zimbabwe, most medical aids will not pay for the vaccine. However, there are some exceptions that can be found by searching online or through your local clinic.

Government Pays for the Vaccination of Citizens

As is the case in most countries around the world, the Zimbabwean government rolled out a vaccination campaign where they have been offering free vaccinations to Zimbabwean citizens with the aim to achieve herd immunity.

The rollout has been a successful one with the infection rate dropping significantly and Covid-related deaths almost at zero.

In certain instances, however, some people will opt for different vaccines than those being offered by the government. In such cases, they will need to foot the bill themselves. -The majority of medical aid societies will not cover this vaccination unless you are on a high-tier plan where exceptions can be made.

Vaccines Offered Through Medical Aid Networks

Several medical aid funds in Zimbabwe have expanded their businesses by opening up arms such as pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and labs.

In such cases, you can go to these branches and get a vaccination which is then covered by your medical aid fund.

Some Medical Aids Complemented Government Efforts

At the height of the Covid-induced lockdowns, some medical aid funds in Zimbabwe joined hands with the government to complement the vaccination efforts by bringing in their own WHO-approved vaccines. This initiative gave people options when it came to which vaccine they wanted to take.


To establish the actual position that your medical aid fund has taken regarding paying for vaccines, contact them directly to get accurate information. If you would like to know more about this subject, do not hesitate to contact us on 08677 200 200 or click here to contact us