Vaccination against Covid with adjusted shots begins in Latvia

Without much crowding and with much smaller activity than in the first wave of vaccination, on Tuesday, September 13, vaccination against Covid-19 with Omicron-adjusted doses of vaccines started in Latvia.

The medical center VC4 provides vaccination at four centers, two of which are located in shopping malls in Rīga – “Akropole” and “Spice”. The process itself is quick: a questionnaire must be completed and the shot follows. Data are entered in the system and the fact is shown on the vaccination certificate. People who were vaccinated Tuesday said they didn't want to get sick again and wanted to travel.

“The argument is that I had it severe in November and, in preparation for a new season, I wanted to be sure I wouldn't get sick again.”

“I'm going to turn 57 next month, I need it, my health is not good. If I get sick, there will be nothing good. People fear, talk nonsense. I haven't had any problems with my shots.”

“I want to be free! Moving, working, without restrictions, sick or not... I got sick at the very beginning. It was heavy. Then there was the shot, after which there were minor side effects. Better to ensure this.”

Both vaccines offered this autumn protect from the sub-type of the virus Omicron, which dominates Latvia.

“If we compare activity, there is clearly less demand at the moment, of course, we will follow the demand and, if necessary, extend the vaccination offices' working hours,” said Kristīne Ozolina-Kaļetova, the administrative director of VC4.

In Latvia, the number of people infected is increasing every day. It is recommended that those who have just had Covid should be vaccinated in a few months' time. 

“If a person is vaccinated, the possibility of being hospitalized is three times lower. And the latest indicator – deaths. A serious indicator. Here, the effectiveness of vaccination is measured at four times. This is a huge amount,” Jurijs Perevoščikovs, director of the Department for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) 's Infectious Diseases Risk Analysis, said.

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