AAR Healthcare has launched insurance coverage for patients suffering from the extreme effects of Covid-19 vaccines within 60 days of receiving the vaccine.
Individuals will pay Sh 2,950 for the insurance policy dubbed “Chanjo”, which has a limit of Sh 500,000 for inpatient treatment.
Vaccine insurance also provides a last expense benefit of 500,000 shillings in the event of death and covers people between the ages of 18 and 60. Individuals can purchase coverage through the AAR mobile app or through the company’s website.
The coverage comes at a time when fears of adverse effects from Covid-19 injections, including fever and nausea, have fueled skepticism about the vaccination program.
Officials from the Ministry of Health have in the past warned that injections of Covid-19 were particularly risky for people “allergic to certain compounds present in vaccines”.
“It is important to stress that the vaccines approved so far by the World Health Organization are safe. However, in the unlikely event of adverse reactions resulting in hospitalization and even death, this coverage covers treatment and final expenses incurred up to the prescribed limit, ”said AAR Insurance CEO Nixon Shigoli.
The WHO says the side effects are an indication that the vaccines help the body protect against the coronavirus, but added that some effects may be more serious.
Kenya, like other African countries, has had to deal with sections of the population avoiding hits from Covid-19 due to potential side effects.
The United States and European countries, including France and Norway, have reported cases of people suffering from health complications after receiving the Covid-19 injections.