When will the next priority group's vaccinations begin?

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When will seniors aged 60+ start to be vaccinated? How do I prove obesity as a clinical condition? Latvian Television sought answers to these questions February 25.

When will 60-70-year-olds start to be vaccinated?

The response from the vaccination bureau is - it could be at the end of March, but changes may take place depending on deliveries of vaccines.

Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts has said on Twitter that 60+ seniors and on-site educators will be vaccinated as soon as possible in the second quarter of this year.

The manavakcina.lv website says that obesity (BMI above 30 kg/(m)2) is also a criterion among priority groups. What does it mean in human language and how can obesity be confirmed by a doctor?

Obese patients belong to the next priority-vaccination group after seniors 70+. According to specialists, obesity diagnosis is usually the case for those who reach 40 percent and more in the body mass index. But what documents will be needed has not yet been decided.

“This and next week are likely to be devoted to this priority group, and at the moment when the next priority group, which is people with chronic diseases, will be opened, there will be accurate information on which documents residents have to provide and whether such a document is needed,” said Vaccination Bureau representative Agnese Strazda.

My GP is in Ventspils but I have applied for a jab in Rēzekne. There, the GP shrugs and says he will only vaccinate those registered in his practice. What do I do?

You must wait for a message to be sent, via telephone, SMS or e-mail. And you will receive the jab at one of the Rēzekne medical establishments where vaccination is carried out.

I've applied for vaccination. But at the moment, only AstraZeneca vaccines are being administered. Can I give up my spot and keep my records in line for a later time when other vaccines are available?

The unused space is given to the next waiting party. The information remains in the database and there will be repeated invitations. But there are no guarantees whether you'll get the specific vaccine you prefer.


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