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Can you sign others up for a Covid-19 vaccine?

What happens if you don't come to get your Covid-19 vaccine? Can you sign others up? Can you sign up from abroad? The Vaccination Bureau Communications Coordinator Ieva Stūre answered residents' questions March 1.

Can I sign up my grandmother by phone or via the Internet? If so, what information do I need?

Yes, you can sign up your family members. You can do this by calling 8989. You will have to prepare information: personal identification number of the person, name, surname, preferred vaccination location and eligibility for one of the priority groups, such as indicating if a person has a chronic illness. We ask that you agree on this with the family member.

A Latvian citizen wants to register for vaccination against Covid-19. She does not have an account in one of the Latvian banks, so the homepage “manavakcina.lv” doesn't work. She is abroad, and wants to return to Latvia in 5-6 weeks. From abroad, the  number 8989 cannot be reached. Are Latvian citizens who have been trapped abroad during the Covid-19 crisis not entitled to a vaccine?

You can sign up from abroad via phone. Another phone number must be called. The number is +371 67130010.

Can a senior miss their turn and wait a little, for example, until summer or autumn, and then get vaccinated? My mom is over 70 and she is an asthmatic. She was offered a jab. But we want to wait a little because there are so many uncertainties about the AstraZeneca vaccine. What happens if she doesn't go get it?

Of course, people have the right to refuse to get this vaccine right now and wait until summer, when there are likely to be choices. We would ask not to sign up of you are uncertain you will go. Apply when you are prepared to go after your vaccine.

You can delete your application from “manavakcina.lv”, just as you can do via phone 8989 – if you have called, signed up and do not want to get vaccinated now, you may call and ask to delete your application. 

However, I would like to say that it also means living until summer without any protection and not being vaccinated. And it is certainly much better to be vaccinated today with any of the three vaccines available in Latvia than to live without a vaccine, especially if you are in a risk group.

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