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Vaccines should be accessible to the general population: former president

The possibility to get a vaccine should be given to everyone who wants it, former President of Latvia, doctor Valdis Zatlers told Latvian Television April 15.

In his opinion, Latvia should abandon the principle of “you are entitled, you are not entitled” to a vaccine against Covid-19. Those people who want to be vaccinated should be given this opportunity as soon as possible, but those who do not may be left alone and given time to consider and perhaps reconsider their choices.

“At the moment, the main thing is to give the green light to vaccination to those who want it to achieve the highest percentage of vaccinated people. Perhaps the epidemiological thinking needs to be changed a little, priority groups are protected, but also those who are active should be vaccinated,” said Zatlers.

Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said earlier in the week that the general population will have access to vaccines "when there is enough supply" without specifying the number regarded as sufficient.

Currently, persons who are eligible for a vaccine in Latvia are medical staff, persons over 60, residents and workers of social care centers, persons suffering from chronic illness, living with or caring for chronic illness patients, and teachers working in contact with pupils.

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