Most of Latvia's emergency teams are vaccinated, says chief

Lately, employees' interest in vaccination against Covid-19 has increased in concern about the predicted outbreak of coronavirus in autumn, Liene Cipule, head of Emergency Medical Service (NMPD), told Latvian Radio August 11.

Currently, the vaccination proportion for NMPD workers is above 80%, which Cipule valued as a very good indicator. A smaller vaccination proportion is among warehouse, technical and economic workers, approximately 46%. In some departments, 100% of medics have been vaccinated.

“It should be said that drivers are very, very responsible about this issue, and there are no very large differences [from other team workers],” the Chief of Service said. A large number of employees of the NMPD – more than 700 people – have overcome Covid-19, waited six months after the disease and then got the jab.

“In recent days, interest has also grown. Our vaccination officers receive more applications before the forthcoming autumn wave. Of course, everyone is aware that this very contagious strain will be even more difficult to overcome so as not to get sick, even with protective equipment. And no one wants to get sick, especially when we have colleagues who are still going to rehab after Covid-19,” Cipule said.

Cipule also said that the number of employees taking leave had increased significantly this summer. This is due to overload and burnout during the winter and autumn months. In the summer, when the Covid-19 morbidity rates are lower, the Emergency Service has tried to make it possible for every employee to go on vacation.

 

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