Vaccination against Covid stalls in Latvia

Vaccination against Covid-19 has stopped in Latvia, National Health Service told regional television ReTV March 24.

Currently, 69% of all Latvian residents have completed vaccination. Older people are the biggest concern: nearly 100 thousand have not received any shots against Covid-19.

Last week, on average, 687 people per day got vaccinated, most of them with boosters. Last spring, when active vaccination began, the numbers were over 15,000 a day. There are currently around 500,000 people who have not received any doses. 

“Very many people are currently ill [with Covid], have just recovered, epidemiological safety rules have also been lifted,” said Eva Juhņēviča, head of the NVD's Vaccination Project Department.

According to the vaccination project department, the biggest concern is for the elderly.

“This is the main focus, on risk groups, on unvaccinated seniors, because we still have a very large number of unvaccinated seniors in Latvia,” said Juhņēviča.

Riga Stradiņš University is currently conducting a study to find out the reasons for not vaccinating. By analyzing the data collected, vaccination organizers could introduce more effective incentive measures in the autumn.

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