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How to get vaccinated in Colombia

In Colombia, you can find almost any vaccine that is currently available in the developed world. Whether you need your yearly flu shot, a tetanus shot, or a yellow fever shot (in case you are traveling to Amazonas), you can get any of these vaccines at specialized health clinics or hospitals. Covid-19 vaccinations have a special plan which currently is only available through the Colombian EPS/IPS state mandated insurance providers. Similar to other countries the vaccination plan starts with the most vulnerable based on age, health (comorbidities) and essential worker priortities. For more details on the COIVD-19 Colombian vaccination plan for 2021, click here

Which Vaccines Are Available in Colombia?

Shingles – ZOSTAVAX
Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Polio, Hemophilus – HEXAXIM
DPT Whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus – ADACEL ACELULAR SANOFI
Typhoid Fever – TYPHIM-VI SANOFI
Hepatitis A Children – AVAXIM 80 SANOFI
Hepatitis B Adult – RECOMVAX
Influenza – AGRIPPAL S1 BIOTOSCANA
Meningococcus – MENACTRA POLI ACYW 135 SANOFI
Meningococcus BC – VA-MENGOC-BC DELTA
Pneumococcus Pneumo 23 – PNEUMOVAX 23
Pentavalent – Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Hemophilus – PENTAXIM
Tetanus – ANTI-TETANIC DELTA
Chickenpox – VARILRIX
Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and polio – ACELLULAR TETRAXIM
Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Polio, Hemophilus – INFANRIX HEXA
Yellow Fever – STAMARIL SANOFI
Hepatitis A Adult – AVAXIM 160 SANOFI
Hepatitis A + B – TWINRIXTM GSK
Hepatitis B Adult – HEPAVAX GENE BIOTOSCANA
Influenza – FLUQUADRI SANOFI
Meningococcus – MENVEO
Conjugated pneumococcus – PREVENAR 13
Pentavalent – Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Hemophilus – INFANRIX PENTA
Measles, Mumps and Rubella – TRIPLE VIRAL SRP
Chickenpox – VACCINE
HPV Human Papilloma Virus – GARDASIL

What is the Cost of Getting Vaccinated in Colombia?

In Colombia, there are organizations known as Caja de Compensacion Familiar. The objective of these organizations is to provide services to their affiliates that improve their overall wellbeing. Among the services provided by these organizations are health, education, recreation, culture, tourism, sport, living place, and credit.

One of the services these organizations provide is vaccination. You can affiliate yourself with these organizations at any time. Furthermore, if you affiliate yourself with an EPS, you will be provided with an option to affiliate with a Caja de Compensacion as well.

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At Comfama, the cost of vaccination is divided into four categories. These categories are Tarifa A, Tarifa B, Tarifa C, and No Afiliado. Here is the breakdown of each of these categories.

 

  • Tarifa A: Affiliates earning up to COP 1,755,606
  • Tarifa B: Affiliates earning between COP 1,755,607 and COP 3,511,212
  • Tarifa C: Affiliates earning more than COP 3,511,212

For purpose of this article, we will present prices for a variety of vaccines currently offered by Comfama in the state of Antioquia. Another service provider for vaccines is Comfenalco in the same state. Please note that there are 43 Caja de Compensacion organizations just like Comfama and Comfenalco throughout Colombia. Each province in Colombia has its own Caja de Compensacion organization.

The cost of getting vaccinated in Colombia varies from one vaccine to another. Furthermore, the cost you pay per vaccine is dependent on your income and your affiliation with a service provider.

At specialized sites for vaccination such as Comfama, your cost of vaccination will be calculated based on your monthly income and affiliation with a Comfama.

If you make salario minimo or less than salario minimo, then your cost of vaccination will be the lowest.

If you make more than salario minimo or minimum salary, then your cost of vaccination will be much higher.

If you are not affiliated with Comfama, then you will be categorized as No afiliado and you will pay the highest cost of vaccination.

Please take a look at the chart below. The prices for each vaccine are from the year 2020. These prices change since the salario minimo or minimum salary per month changes every year.

You can also get your family members especially children get vaccinated in Colombia. Once you are affiliated with Comfama, they will give you a vaccination schedule for your dependents such as your children.

Where Can I Get Vaccinated in Colombia?

In Colombia, you cannot get vaccinated at a local pharmacy. You can only get vaccinated at health clinics such as those run by Comfama or Comfenalco. Additionally, you can also get vaccinated at health clinics that are operated by a health insurance provider such as EPS SURA. Finally, you can get vaccinated at a local hospital as well.

How Do I Get Vaccinated in Colombia?

If you are affiliated with Comfama or Comfenalco, then you have to find a Comfama site that is nearest to you. It is highly recommended that you call that site in advance to confirm that the particular site carries the vaccine or has the particular vaccine in stock before you show up there.

If that particular health clinic does not carry the vaccine, then they will send you to another site. The nurse can call the clinic located at another site in advance to reserve a dosage of the vaccine for you.

You do not need to make an appointment. Once you are at the site, go to the reception and tell the receptionist at the front desk your affiliation status, the vaccine that you need, and get your ticket number. You will make the necessary payment and then wait for your turn. Proceed to the vaccination room to receive your vaccine once your ticket number is called by a nurse.

How Do I Get Vaccinated in Colombia?

You can pay by cash, credit, or a debit card at the vaccination site. Ask the receptionist if any other discounts are being offered.

How Does Cost of Vaccination in Colombia Compare to Cost of Vaccination in the United States?

Generally, the cost of vaccination in Colombia is much lower compared to the cost of vaccination in the United States. Even if you are not affiliated with any Caja de Compensacion organization, the out of pocket costs are much lower than what you would pay in the United States. Here is the link to approximate prices of vaccines in the United States. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/awardees/vaccine-management/price-list/2019/2019-08-01.html.

Click Here to see the approximate price of vaccines in Colombia.

Vaccine Cost in Colombia Cost in the United States
Shingles (Zostavax, Shingrix) $200 for 2 shots $280 for 2 shots
HPV (Gardasil 9) $140 for 3 shots $651 for 3 shots
Hepatitis A (Avaxim) $55 for 2 shots $140 for 2 shots
Hepatitis B (Recomvax) $31 for 3 shots $177 for 3 shots
Chickenpox (Varivax) $58 for 2 shots $260 for 2 shots
Yellow Fever (Stamaril, Yf-Vax) $20 for 1 shot $155 for 1 shot

Here is a comparison of cost of some common vaccines in the United States versus cost of vaccine in Colombia for non-affiliates. As of this writing the exchange rate is 1 USD = COP 3,600.

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Since 2005, our firm Medellin Lawyer has helped clients in Colombia to obtain health insurance and other healthcare services. We are the oldest expat agency in Colombia. We also have the most knowledgeable, experienced, and trained staff along with more attorneys in office than any other visa agency in Colombia.

In addition to our visa services we offer a full range of legal and accounting services to our clients. By having a legal and accounting firm work on your application, we are able to handle any surprises or last minute requests by immigration officials or by a judge.

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James Lindzey the owner of  Medellin Lawyer and Visas by James has worked as a private investigator and paralegal in the United States from the 90s until he moved to Colombia in 2005. James arrived in Colombia in 2005 and started doing visas for expats in 2007.

In addition to our visa services our agency offers a full range of legal and accounting services to our clients. We are able to assist better in document collection services in the United States because of James legal experience in the United States.

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