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Vaccination of seniors planned to begin next week in Latvia

It is planned that vaccination of senior residents against Covid-19 will begin next week, Eva Juhņēviča, head of Vaccination Project Bureau, said at a remote government meeting February 16.

Currently, vaccination of residents and employees of social care centers is taking place. As of Tuesday, 715 people in social care centers have been vaccinated. Responsiveness to vaccination has not been great, so a meeting with Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča is scheduled on Wednesday to address the problem jointly.

According to Juhņēviča, all vaccines for social care centers - 10,030 in total - have just been delivered to medical treatment establishments. Intensive efforts are being made to conclude vaccination in social care centers by March 7, said the head of the Vaccination Bureau.

At the same time, it is planned to start the vaccination of older people aged over 90, 80 and 70  next week. The volume  of vaccines is currently sufficient to initiate this process. The exact date of the start of the vaccination for seniors will be announced after a meeting with general practitioners.

Juhņēviča said that a list of general practitioners who perform vaccinations against Covid-19 would have to be published. At the same time, seniors will be invited to apply to GPs through mass media. The vaccination bureau hopes GPs will be receptive and will invite seniors to apply for vaccinations.

For those seniors who have already applied for vaccination on the “Manavakcina.lv” site, the data will be passed on to their GP. If the patient's GP does not carry out vaccinations against Covid-19, the person should call 8989 and sign up.

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