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'Live queue' for Covid-19 jabs will be repeated in Latvia

The so-called 'live queue' over the weekend helped to increase vaccination rates, with 30 thousand people receiving the vaccine last week, so it will be repeated when there is enough supply of vaccines, Latvian Television reported April 19.

In each major vaccination center, the speed of movement of the queue was significantly different. In the big centers in Rīga, the row moved relatively smoothly and the population was getting on with the vaccine within a few hours. There was a different situation in Cēsis, where congestion was created.

For example, Dāvis from Valmiera joined the line as the second person at 5:30. Meanwhile, Gvido from Mazsalaca said he had been there already at 6:11 in the morning. The sixth person in line, Mārtiņš Supe of Ainaži, had even received an offer for the sale of his line spot.

Social networking sites had many entries about having received vaccines even after six hours of waiting. On Saturday, 300 people were scheduled to be vaccinated in Cēsis, so two vaccination brigades were estimated to be enough. However, the fact that people came from different cities of Latvia, including Rīga, and nearly all of them would come to the opening time had not been expected. On Saturday, 373 people were vaccinated in Cesis.

“There was a feeling of tension, because people had also arrived on Saturday in an extremely timely manner. And consequently, if a person has arrived at six and receives his vaccine at two or three, an extremely high number of hours has passed, the emotional tension was felt,” said vaccine administering organizer representative Katrīna Priede.

The vaccination bureau is pleased with the principle of the live queue, indicating that it was possible to increase the pace of vaccination in this way.

The communication adviser to the vaccination project, Agnese Strazda, noted: “I know everyone wants to show a small problem from the whole big process. But now we look. The “Atta” center vaccinated more than 3,000 people, Ķīpsala more than a thousand. We could easily do it smoothly.”

The principle of live queue is to be repeated once higher quantities of vaccines have been received. This could happen at the end of April or beginning of May.

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