Latvia could reach EU average vaccination pace in summer: health minister

Latvia could reach the European average vaccination rate in June or July this year, the Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts told Latvian Radio May 5.

The minister said mass vaccinations against Covid-19 have started in Latvia and the pace of vaccination will continue to grow. During the last four holidays, around 20 000 people were vaccinated against Covid-19. This week is expected to be the best in terms of the number of vaccinated people.

Pavļuts said that the number of vaccinations had reached 14,000 per day on separate occasions, but in general Latvia is still trailing the European average.

"If we're talking about the range, namely how many people have been vaccinated, which is the end goal, then of course we're lagging behind Europe for about a month, even more. Consequently, (..) depending on doses that will be [supplied] enough in May, I think we should reach these results of other European countries in June, July," the Minister said.

Asked whether the goal of vaccinating 70% of Latvia's population will be achieved by the end of the summer, the Minister said it will only depend on the desire of Latvian residents to vaccinate. Technical capabilities allow this indicator to be reached, as well as the expected supply of vaccines.

"(..) The only question here is whether the Latvian people will want to carry out this vaccination. To promote, motivate and explain this choice, we will have to continue to work as a key issue of our own. Because technical issues, issues of vaccine procurement, we have actually been done everything that can be done," Pavļuts said.

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