Today, November 8, amendments to the Regulation of Cabinet Ministry no. 330 Ordinance on vaccines, with a view to extending the calendar of vaccines and range of vaccinated persons. The state plans to fully cover the flu vaccine for pregnant women and children under the age of two, writes VM.
Currently, compensatory remedies for outpatient care compensate the flu vaccine for 50% of pregnant women and 100% for children up to two years, but the procedure is complicated enough – get a prescription, go to the drugstore where the vaccine is purchased and then go to a family physician who is vaccinated . In order to reduce the burden on physicians and improve the availability of a flu vaccine, as well as to ensure a single approach to the provision of vaccines paid out of state budget funds, the influenza vaccine for pregnant women and children under the age of two will be included in the vaccination schedule. This is also in line with World Health Organization recommendations, as pregnant women and young children are at high risk.
Infant vaccination calendar is scheduled for early autumn 2019, beginning with seasonal flu.
Other changes are planned in the vaccination calendar. Tuberculosis vaccination is planned in newborns of 12 hours after birth (instead of the previous 2-5 days). Also, in other EU countries where children are vaccinated against tuberculosis, vaccine time varies, for example, in Estonia – the first 12 hours after birth, in Lithuania – 2-3 days in Slovakia – 3rd day, in Poland – in the first 24 hours after birth, indicates VM. On the other hand, since January 1, 2020, the sixth vaccine vaccine dose should be for adolescent children, replacing it with a sixth dose of pertussis vaccine, as there is an increase in pertussis frequency.
Likewise, a vaccine against persons who were not vaccinated, who were in close contact with an infected person with such epidemiologically significant contagious diseases such as diphtheria, poliomyelitis, measles, rubella, and epidemic parotitis, will also be included in the vaccination schedule. Therefore, legal regulations clearly stipulate that the vaccination of contact persons against these infectious diseases will be covered by the state budget.
At the same time, the regulations prescribe requirements for vaccination bodies, which will encourage proper vaccine storage and promote rational ordering and use of vaccines.
The schedule of vaccination for the vaccination of pregnant women and young children by autumn 2019, as well as the introduction of other changes, requires additional funding of 2019 – 195.304 euros, 365.612 euros for 2020 and 359.296 euros for 2021 – VM.
The issue of allocating additional state budget funds to the draft MS regulation in the above measures 2019-2021. In the process of preparing and reviewing the draft law "On the Mid-Term Budget Framework for 2019, 2020 and 2021" and draft bill "On the State Budget for 2019" in the Cabinet of Ministers together with additional funding requirements submitted by all ministries and central state institutions.