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Locations of Latvia's vaccination centers outlined

Ahead of a promised major increase in Latvia's hitherto sluggish vaccination rate, officials have been revealing more details about the regional vaccination centers that will be used to administer vaccinations.

"On April 1st, we will be ready -- with no jokes," said Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts (Development/For!), adding "It is important that the large vaccination centers are ready in April, as at least two vaccine delivery peaks are expected in April, which exceed the vaccination capacity available to us so far."

A three-tier system will be in place. The largest "A level" centers will exceed 5,000 m2 in size and have at least 180 parking spaces available. There will be two of them, both located in Rīga.

The next "B level" centers will be of 1,500 m2, with at least 45 parking spaces and will be located in 10 cities: Rīga plus Cēsis, Daugavpils, Jelgava, Jekabpils, Jūrmala, Liepāja, Rēzekne, Valmiera and Ventspils.

The final "C level" centers are being established as a result of negotiations with local governments, which is still ongoing. So far locations in Alūksne, Bauska, Jaunolaine, Kuldīga, Madona, Olaine, Salaspils, Saldus, Sigulda, Talsi and Tukums have been identified but they will only come online when vaccine supply volumes are sufficient. Currently, dialogue is ongoing with several other municipalities, such as Babīte, Mārupe and Dobele and others, where further vaccination points are planned.

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