More GPs hopefully to be involved in vaccination process

Currently, some 500 general practitioners have responded to the call to vaccinate patients against Covid-19, but more could be involved, Sarmīte Veide, head of General Practitioners Association, said in an interview to Latvian Radio February 23.

She said GPs planned to start vaccinations in their practices from March 1, but “vaccines are available and we were invited to start more quickly, as of February 22, we agreed because we understand the situation”.

She said t that there was less than a week for GPs prepare for the process, perhaps that was why not so many family doctors were involved. But she predicts there will be more colleagues who are aware of the possibilities and will be prepared to start vaccinating patients against Covid-19.

Veide explained that doctors had to assess the resources of having enough room, or the material resources to ensure everything before starting vaccination. In addition to the vaccination process, day-to-day work and the treatment of chronic and acute patients should also be resumed.

On 17 February, the Ministry of Health reached an agreement with 504 GPs on involvement in the vaccination process against Covid-19. The Minister for Health pointed out that the involvement of GPs is necessary to start vaccination between older than 70-year-olds next week.

A map with information on GPs' practices involved in the vaccination process is available here.

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