As of today, starting January 24, Ukrainians aged over 60 will be able to spend the funds accrued under the ePidtrymka program to purchase medicines. It is available to buy drugs approved for use in Ukraine, both in pharmacies and online pharmacies.
Currently, more than 3.5 million people over the age of 60 have a green certificate of COVID-19 vaccination, of which about 1 million have already joined the program. From now on, they will be able to spend money not only on the purchase of services in the fields of culture, sports and passenger transportation, but also on medicines.
Medicines can be purchased in pharmacies both with a doctor's prescription and without it. Banks will check the age of the person at the time of payment. It doesn't matter when the card is issued, the main thing is that the holder is 60 years old at the time of buying the medicine.
To date, more than 7 million 300 thousand people have benefitted from the ePidtrymka program.
In total, UAH 7.3 billion has been transferred to Ukrainians' cards since the start of the program. Citizens have already spent UAH 1.7 billion from the funds received.
Thus, the most popular directions of expenses were:
It should be noted that the ePidtrymka program initiated by the President of Ukraine is aimed at encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and supporting those sectors of the economy that have suffered the most from quarantine restrictions.
According to the terms of the program, all adult citizens of Ukraine who have passed the full course of vaccination against COVID-19 can receive UAH 1,000. The funds are provided for 4 months from the date of receipt, one can spend them both online and offline (as cashless payment through the company's terminal).
The official start of the program took place on December 19, 2021. The program will last a year - until December 18, 2022, and will be implemented in several stages. In the first stage, the funds will be received through the Diia application. In the second stage (II-III quarter of 2022) there will be offered an alternative offline mechanism, which is currently being elaborated. People who do not have smartphones will be able to apply for help offline.