Over 70% of vaccinated people are in Rīga

More than 30 000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 have been received in Latvia so far, which would allow more than 15 000 people to be vaccinated. Only 6,933 people have been vaccinated so far, Latvian Television reported January 12.

Nearly 600 people were vaccinated on the first day, with a higher capacity taken on 29 and 30 December, at around 800 people per day, followed by a four-day period of silence, when vaccination did not take place at all.

Last Monday, it resumed with less than 700 vaccinated people a day. On working days, the average is 700 to 800, fewer on weekends - around 300.

Image: LTV

Latvia is far from the objective of the vaccination strategy to vaccinate tens of thousands of people a day, of course, in line with the number of available vaccines.

University-level hospitals – Riga East Hospital, Stradiņš Hospital and Children's Hospital have been most active, with 5,029 or 72.5% of all vaccinated persons so far. 

In other hospitals, capacity is much smaller with a total of 1,904 people, or 27.5% of all those who received the shot.

There are no hospitals outside Rīga in which a thousand people have been vaccinated or close to it.

Image: LTV

It has been said that the reason is not only a smaller number of staff, but also a lack of willingness expressed by medics to vaccinate. The example of Daugavpils, the second largest city in Latvia, has been widely mentioned, where approximately a fifth of doctors and a small proportion of other staff have been vaccinated. A total of 154 people were vaccinated at Daugavpils hospital. Fears and ignorance, the impact of the Russian newsroom in Latgale region and disinformation have been mentioned as a possible reason.


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