Seniors over 70 will start to get Covid-19 jabs soon in Latvia

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Health Ministry has reached an agreement with 504 general practitioners about involvement in the vaccination process in order to allow seniors to start getting their jabs next week or even this week, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said February 17.

Vaccination Bureau chair Eva Juhņēviča said that a list of GPs who are ready to be involved in vaccination would  be published on the National Health  Service (NVD) website  as soon as it is ready.

"We are preparing to begin vaccination of seniors over 70 years of age next week with the help of GPs. It is a big step forward.  I  want to thank all 504 GPs who have expressed their readiness to vaccinate these residents," said Health Minister Pavļuts.

Latvia has a total of 187,700 seniors over the age of 70, said Juhņēviča. It is planned that until the end of March, 57,000 vaccines will be used for the purpose of vaccinating these seniors.

The GPs who are making patient lists will begin vaccination of seniors next week, but those seniors who have signed up on will be contacted by medical establishments and it is possible that they might get the jab this week, said Juhņēviča.

Health Ministry invites all seniors who wish to get the vaccine but have not signed up on or via phone 8989, to contact their GP now. If their GP provides vaccination in their office, it will take place there. If their GP does not provide vaccination in the office, then the GP will collect information and  pass it on to medical authorities or invite the senior to call 8989 or sign up on



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