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Which chronic diseases qualify for Covid-19 priority vaccine

Which chronic diseases are on the list of priority vaccination against Covid-19? And what to do with people who cannot get to a doctor? Vaccination Project Bureau representative Ieva Stūre answered the public's questions on Latvian Radio February 16.

Which chronic diseases mean that a person will be in a priority vaccination group?

At the moment, the list of chronic diseases is the following:

  • malignant tumors,
  • chronic kidney disease,
  • Down syndrome,
  • dementia and 'similar conditions',
  • cardiovascular disease (ischemic heart disease, cardiomyopathy); cardiovascular diseases of the brain (strokes),
  • obesity (body mass index above 30),
  • sickle cell anemia,
  • diabetes,
  • arterial hypertension,
  • liver disease (including hepatitis),
  • lung fibrosis,
  • thalassemia,
  • persons with immunodeficiency (including HIV infection, medical immunodepression, oncological diseases, etc.

Patients with these diagnoses are included in the third priority vaccination group, together with persons over 70, persons who live in one household with children who have chronic disease, as well as persons who take care of chronically ill patients.

What will we do with older people who live far from cities or can't get to a doctor due to their state of health?

The issue will be resolved either via family  doctors or municipalities. It might be a vaccination at home. We will ensure vaccination of these seniors in cooperation with general practitioners, given that they have information about these patients and their state of health. There are currently many doctors who are compiling these lists. I don't want to promise that it will only be done through GPs but in principle it should happen this way.

If you have a question about Covid-19 and vaccination, Latvian Radio together with experts answers those every workday morning on "Labrīt" program. You may send your question to [email protected] or a voicemail to 27834559 (WhatsApp).

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