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2,800 get anti-Covid shots on first 'mass' vaccination day in Latvia

Just over 2,800 people have been vaccinated on the first day of operation of mass vaccination centers, according to the data of the National Health Service (NVD), the LETA newswire reported.

Due to the fact that data on vaccinated individuals are not entered immediately at vaccination sites, the number of vaccinated individuals may increase slightly. However, the figure is below some of the daily totals recorded before the opening of the mass vaccination centers. For example on March 31 around 5,000 vaccinations were carried out. 

The first vaccine dose was received by 2,803 people on Saturday, but the second - by 63. Thus, a total of 2,866 people were vaccinated.

People with chronic illnesses received the largest number of vaccine shots yesterday. A total of 1,466 such people were vaccinated.

The second largest group of those receiving vaccines were persons over 60 years of age. A total of 1,162 people were vaccinated in this group.

A total of 2,569 AstraZeneca vaccines, 134 Pfizer and 100 Moderna vaccines were used yesterday.

A total of 146,752 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the country. Of these, 121,868 people have been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine. Thus, 6.43 percent of the Latvian population has received the first vaccine.

As Agnese Strazda, a representative of the Vaccination Project Bureau, previously told LETA, large-scale vaccination centers were opened on a pilot basis yesterday to verify the large-scale vaccination process and identify things that need to be improved.

Additionally LETA reported April 4 that Minister of Health Daniels Pavluts (For Development) has signed an order for seniors over the age of 60 to be vaccinated from today.

This means that the vaccination of another priority group has been opened.

Pavluts told LETA that after visiting the vaccination center in Jekabpils yesterday, he was convinced that the trial of the work of large-scale vaccination centers was necessary and has been valuable.

"I receive similar information from other vaccination centers. At the same time, we have learned a number of lessons which we will take into account," the minister said, adding that more people are refusing to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca and that people also prefer vaccination on weekdays.

In order to speed up vaccination, it is currently being decided to extend the operation of some large-scale vaccination centers for another two days.

At the same time, it has already been decided to expand the priority groups to be vaccinated. Yesterday, parents and those taking care of seriously ill children also have the opportunity to be vaccinated.

"I have also signed an order to open the next priority group for vaccination from today - seniors over the age of 60," said the politician, adding that seniors over the age of 70 can now apply and be vaccinated without a queue.

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