Our paywall policy:
The Slovak Spectator has decided to make all the articles on the special measures, statistics and basic information about the coronavirus available to everyone. If you appreciate our work and would like to support good journalism, please buy our subscription. We believe this is an issue where accurate and fact-based information is important for people to cope.
Several groups of foreigners living in Slovakia will be able to get their Covid vaccine jab. The amendment, authored by the Health Ministry, enables the vaccination of some people who do not pay health insurance or have health insurance debts.
The change came into force this week.
The amendment stipulates that Slovak and foreign citizens are entitled to vaccination in Slovakia if they pay for public health insurance here. Moreover, the citizens of other EU country who do not have any residence in Slovakia are entitled to the vaccine if they have a registered S1 form.
“It means that the holder of an S1 form has to register the form at any branch of the health insurer in Slovakia,” the ministry wrote in a press release. “After registering the form, the insurer will request an issuing of a health insurance ID with the EU logo. After the ID is issued and delivered to the person, he/she can go to a vaccination appointment.”
However, people from non-EU countries who do not pay public health insurance in Slovakia are not entitled to vaccination. It is not possible to get a jab as a private payer either.
“The ministry can still extend the list of people whose vaccination will be reimbursed,” the ministry added, without providing more details.
|Category||Who reimburses the vaccination||What people need to show|
|Slovak citizen insured in Slovakia||Health insurer||Insurance card|
|Slovak citizen insured in Slovakia with an insurance debt||Health insurer||Insurance card|
|Slovak citizen who pays health insurance in another EU country, but has residence in Slovakia (S1 form)||Health insurer||Insurance card with the EU logo|
|Slovak citizen without health insurance in Slovakia||Health Ministry||Slovak ID or passport|
|A person with health insurance in another EU country who is entitled to full health treatment in Slovakia (S1 form)||Health Ministry||Insurance card with the EU logo|
|Foreigner with health insurance in Slovakia||Health insurer||Insurance card|
|Foreigner without health insurance in Slovakia with subsidiary protection and a victim of human trafficking listed in the Interior Ministry's programme||Health Ministry||Special insurance card issued by the VšZP insurer|
|Foreigner without health insurance in Slovakia who is a student of medicine and works in a hospital here||Health Ministry||Contract with a hospital and confirmation about studying at university|
|Foreigner without health insurance in Slovakia||--||Vaccination is not possible|
Source: Health Ministry
Read more about the Covid vaccination in Slovakia:
- FAQs about vaccination in Slovakia
- Updated vaccination strategy and the vaccination of teachers
- Vaccinated or not, there is just one set of rules when crossing the border