'Senior hour' to be introduced at Latvia's vaccination centers

As of May 10, a 'senior hour' will be introduced at vaccination centers, LETA reported May 7.

From 9 AM to 10 AM, people over 60 years of age will be able to go and get their jab without booking a time and place in advance. Seniors will be able to come to any working vaccination center and line up during this hour.

Since May 3, the possibility of vaccination has been open to every resident of Latvia. This accessibility has replaced the previous approach of priority groups, when only certain population groups could receive the vaccine. However, in Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts' view, it is still essential to ensure priority access to vaccination for groups at high risk.

“In the event of a potential morbidity wave, and unfortunately, epidemiological indicators continue to deteriorate, seniors would be the most threatened,” said Pavļuts.

This principle will be introduced in all vaccination centers starting May 10, and older and chronic illness patients will have priority when vaccinating with family doctors.

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