Latvia will pick up the vaccination pace

Latvia has received the first two batches of Covid-19 vaccines. So far, medical staff are being vaccinated, Latvian Radio reported January 4.

The first delivery was received December 28, the second - January 4. Head of State Blood Donor Center (VADC) Egita Pole said that Monday deliveries should be routine in the future.

"This is already the routine and in the future we look forward to receiving these loads of vaccines every week. According to the list of the Disease Prevention and Control  Center, they shall be issued for vaccination to the medical treatment institutions.

"In total, we have received 23 400 vaccines through these two deliveries," said Pole.

The logistics mechanism will be fully operational in the near future and vaccination rates will pick up, it is planned. 

At the moment, the pace at which vaccinations are taking place is relatively slow, National Health Service (NVD) said. The aggregated data shows that last week only slightly more than 2,000 out of nearly 10,000 vaccines, or almost a quarter, have been used. That means nearly 10% of people working in hospitals have been vaccinated.

“There were only three working days in which these vaccinations were carried out. It was a very short period, it was not even a full calendar week, because then we had this holiday. In the first week, there was such an initial launch of vaccination, perhaps more attentive – how will it be? How will that happen? How to organize? Therefore, perhaps these figures are not so high,” said Liga Gaigala, the NVD lead expert on healthcare.

Existing vaccines are scheduled to be used within the next two weeks.

State Agency of Medicines (ZVA) director Svens Henkuzens said that everything is clear and each dose is listed in such a way that there is complete confidence in who has received the vaccine.

Until now, no vaccine has been lost and the vaccines have been received by those who have it as a priority.

Following medics, customers and employees of social care centers are expected to be vaccinated. These will be followed by people who are in one of the COVID-19 risk groups.

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