Long queues for Covid-19 jab in many parts of Latvia

It is currently impossible to get the third dose of Covid-19 immediately, and in some areas, residents are forced to wait several weeks or to go to another municipality, Latvian Television reported December 21.

Latvian Television visited the vaccination point in Ogre, where there were enough vaccines. Both Ogre locals and people from nearer and farther towns are vaccinated – Ikšķile, Suntaži. The residents met by LTV at the vaccination point said they had come to Ogre because it was possible to get the jab sooner.

Currently, over 70% of vaccines administered daily are boosters. As of Tuesday, the interval of getting a booster after primary vaccination is shortened to three months. Therefore, more and more people can automatically apply for their vaccines.

Doctor Benita Feldmane said: “We're working at full speed here, falling on our faces. The booking is full lately. Those who make the booking there from a distance without thinking, put several people together in three minutes and then there's a bit of a problem. Because everyone wants [to be serviced] at the same time.”

However, the availability of vaccines is currently unequal throughout the country. I Valmiera, the nearest spot was on January 3, whereas in Sigulda all was booked a week ahead and the calendar was not opened further. 

Vidzeme can offer vaccination in Cēsis, otherwise the person has to go to Rīga. Those responsible for vaccination promise to increase vaccination capacity. 

The head of the National Health Service (NVD) Vaccination Project Division, Eva Juhņēviča, stated: "We have been travelling to small parishes until this autumn season and organized vaccination for a small number of people. At the moment, we will reorganize this outdoor vaccination and vaccinations will be organized municipality space where people will be able to go get their booster vaccine throughout the day."

 

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