Vaccination Bureau will be supervised by National Health Service

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The Vaccination Project Bureau will be terminated as a structure of the Ministry of Health (VM), the Ministry said in a statement March 15.

At the same time, a new structure will be established in the National Health Service (NVD) for the coordination of the vaccination, VM said.

Under the new structure, the financial and human resources capacity will be expanded, said VM.

The former employees of the Vaccination Project Bureau have been selected by tender procedure and will continue to coordinate the project with NVD. Their remuneration will be determined in accordance with the common system of remuneration for public administration.

Regular monitoring of the vaccination project will be ensured by the Vaccination Project Action Committee, which will be chaired by the Minister for Health and will also invite representatives of other ministries and organizations.

"The implementation of the current comprehensive vaccination against Covid-19 project has demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses of the existing management model. On the one hand, a special project coordination unit is needed, on the other, the Vaccination Project Bureau has been perceived by both the public and the industry as something separate from the industry and the Ministry.

This must not be the case, the co-ordinators of the vaccination project must operate in close coordination with the sector, closer to family doctors and medical facilities, closer to logistics providers. It is important to improve communication and cooperation between all parties by allowing vaccination to take place more quickly and rapidly," Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts was quoted in the statement.

Last week, the public initiative portal collected 10,000 signatures within four days to close down the Vaccination Project Bureau.

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