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Around 8% of Latvians have had their first Covid jab

As of Monday, 121,868 persons or 8% of the Latvian adult population had received at least one Covid-19 jab, Health Ministry said April 5.

Nearly three weeks ago the figure was 6%, so, despite the opening of mass vaccination centers over Easter holiday, the growth has not been rapid.

Following the opening of three priority vaccination groups on the Easter holiday, in Latvia the vaccine against Covid-19 is gradually received by residents with chronic diseases, residents living in one household with chronically ill children or children with immunosuppression, as well as people who care for severely ill people at home. Vaccination also continues for healthcare workers, social center workers and customers, including seniors over the age of 70.

As previously reported, over Easter holiday, large-scale vaccination centers began to operate, but the numbers of those vaccinated were nowhere near large-scale. Altogether, around 7,000 people were vaccinated. According to Health Ministry, "valuable lessons have been learned during Easter to further improve the process, such as more timely addressing of the population, clear information on the need for documents, as well as strengthening the capacity of call centers."

Persons who have applied for the vaccine are gradually receiving invitations to vaccinate, some will still be invited to the large centers on April 6 and 7, whereas others gradually come to family doctors and medical facilities in the coming weeks. Those who have not been able to get vaccinated this weekend do not lose their priority queue.

All persons who have applied to the site “manavakcina.lv” or on the phone 8989 but have not yet received the vaccine will be invited to those vaccination centers located in the immediate area of residence or to large-scale centers when they resume their work.

The opening of large-scale centers doors is decided by the Health Ministry's working group, taking into account the population's readiness to vaccinate and the amount of available vaccines.

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