GPs who vaccinate against Covid-19 could get bonuses, says Health Minister

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Additional bonuses could be given to general practitioners who vaccinate people against Covid-19 – up to €1,500 per month, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts told Latvian Television August 5.

In order to promote the vaccination of seniors and other people, the Ministry of Health will discuss additional support for family doctors at the government meeting on August 10. A bonus is planned if there are at least 50% or 70% of vaccinated patients in the GP's practice.

Similarly, a bonus of up to €1,500 per month is planned to be available for each practice of family doctors providing vaccination against Covid-19. This money could be used to hire an additional employee or equip the rooms, the minister said.

The intention will require a total of at least €1.4 million from the public budget.

Pavļuts also said that vaccination against Covid-19 should have been carried out by all family doctors long ago. 

“When we get to a potential booster phase, I hope very much – we will no longer need any big centers in gyms and not have to vaccinate people in supermarkets but manage with family doctors,” the minister said.

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