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Infectologist Dumpis: vaccination effect will show around Midsummer

The effect from vaccination against Covid-19 could be seen around Midsummer, infectologist Uga Dumpis, told Latvian Television May 10.

Asked about the recent rise in Covid-19 morbidity, the infectologist said that the population was apparently meeting more and gathering: “The more people are meeting with each other, the more chances of becoming infected.”

The infectologist estimated that Covid-19 vaccination effect could be seen around Midsummer.

“We're all running a single track, and there's a little bit left. We have to run together. Some are stopping now, some are running in the opposite direction.

“Unfortunately, it just won't end if we don't comply with these rules. We really don't have a long time [of restrictions] left. We see from the experience of other countries. Now it's not just Israel or Britain, it's Portugal. These are countries that are able to relieve restrictions,” Dumpis said.

However, he was skeptical that Latvia would succeed in vaccinating 70% of the population by the end of the summer. “But that doesn't mean that restrictions will have to be maintained. If there is a reduction in morbidity, it is possible to control the infection by other means,” the doctor said.

He also said that people who have had a chance to get a shot against Covid-19 for months are still being brought into hospitals every day. It is therefore important that 80-90% of seniors and other risk groups are vaccinated. Otherwise the number of hospitalized people will not be reduced in the near future.

“Because this is the main reason why there have been such tough restrictions in the country for such a long time, so that we protect those of weak health,” said Dumpis.

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