More vaccination centers to open as rates grow in Latvia

Sixteen more vaccination centers will open next week as demand for vaccination has grown, head of National Health Service (NVD) Vaccination project department Eva Juhņēviča said at a briefing October 13.

Three vaccination centers will open in Rīga by Saturday, October 16: the Ķīpsala hall, the Olympic Center, and the ATTA center. Their working time is scheduled from 9 to 20, and the centers will work without holidays.

It is also planned to open 13 vaccination centers in the regions:

  • Tukums municipality;
  • Alūksne municipality;
  • Jelgava;
  • Salaspils municipality;
  • Daugavpils Olympic center;
  • Jūrmala;
  • Liepāja;
  • Aizkraukle municipality;
  • Balvi municipality;
  • Bauska municipality;
  • Madona municipality;
  • Talsi municipality;
  • Valmiera municipality.

Vaccination against Covid-19 will continue in the already existing vaccination centers – Alūksne Culture Center; Zemgale Olympic Centre in Jelgava, Ventspils vaccination center, Tukums Culture House.

As of Monday, October 18, vaccination at shopping malls will only be possible with a prior booking on manavakcina.lv or by phone 8989, except for seniors over 65. Lately, queues have been forming by vaccination points at shopping malls.

Unlike spring, it is currently more difficult for organizers of the vaccination process to attract staff because medics are exhausted and employed in other medical facilities. 

"We are encouraging residents to treat each other with respect, including vaccination providers, who are currently working intensively. We are soldiers who perform a particular function in this battlefield. And we're doing it from the heart. Vaccination rates are climbing and approaching the capacity of the intensive period of spring," said Māris Rēvalds, head of medical establishment chain Veselības centrs 4.

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