Long waiting times for Covid vaccine in some places in Latvia

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Latvian Television reported October 29 that it has received complaints from viewers that, at a time when vaccination against Covid-19 is a priority, it is difficult to get a shot, with several weeks of waiting time.

Oļegs is from Rēzekne said: "[I] call 8989. They say, on 9 November. Long. Then they started to look and say, oh, excuse me, I can't sign you up. Go to the family doctor, maybe to another city, but I can't sign you up in Rēzekne. That's the situation. As if we are told - go vaccinate - but you can't even sign up." 

LTV checked that Rēzekne Hospital had the nearest time slot on November 16 or 17. Going to another city is offered.

There appear to be enough vaccines in Latvia, but the organization has not kept up and the capacity is nearly exhausted. Solutions will be sought in the near future because, for example, large vaccination centers in Riga are working part-time, while elsewhere interest has proved to be greater than initially expected.

"We are close to the maximum vaccination capacity. Solutions are quickly, promptly sought to make it possible for each site, in each region, to provide the vaccine as soon as possible. There is certainly no time to wait because the vaccine should be received as soon as possible," said Inga Vasiļjeva, spokeswoman for the National Health Service's Vaccination Project Department.

The head of the vaccination project department, Eva Juhņēviča, said in an interview October 29 that, when developing capacity, a new vaccination point will be opened directly in Rēzekne, and mobile points will also be available.


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