Who will be vaccinated and who will keep track?

Who is eligible for a vaccine in Latvia, and how will vaccinated persons be registered? National Health Service (NVD) Anna Karolīna Šaule answered questions asked by Latvian Radio listeners January 27. 

I am not a citizen of Latvia, but I live in Latvia and I have a residence permit. Can I get a vaccine? Will I have to pay for that?

State-funded vaccination against Covid-19 is available to people entitled to state-funded health services in Latvia:

  • Citizens of Latvia;
  • Non-citizens of Latvia;
  • Third-country nationals who have a permanent residence permit in Latvia and stateless persons whose status has been granted in the Republic of Latvia;
  • Refugees or persons who have been granted alternative status;
  • Detained persons;
  • Asylum seekers;
  • Persons who are socially insured for health insurance in accordance with the Law On State Social Insurance and  employed in Latvia.

Therefore, a foreigner who has the right to State-funded healthcare services is also entitled to receive the vaccine in accordance with the procedures specified in the vaccination plan.

If the first dose of the vaccine has been received in Latvia, will I be able to receive the second dose of the vaccine in another country?

We cannot give an unambiguous answer because we do not know. And it also depends on the country to which a person will go – how the vaccination process is going there. For example, we have information about the Netherlands, they will vaccinate everyone who has lived there for a month. There may be different rules in another country.

Where will I register that I'm vaccinated? Can I prove it to anyone?

Data on the fact of vaccination are entered in the e-health system, under the heading “Vaccination data” (Vakcinācijas dati), under the heading “Vaccination passport” (Potēšanas pase). There will also be specific information on whether a “Pfizer” vaccine or “Moderna” vaccine has been received.  If a person has a paper-based vaccination passport, he or she can take the passport with him or her and the fact that the person has vaccinated will also be written in it.

Also, every person who goes to vaccinate is given a vaccination card, the size of a business card.

It shows the name of the vaccine, details of the [vaccinated] person – given name, surname, information on both the first dose and the second dose. And that card also serves as a reminder when to come for the second dose of the vaccine. And we call for the card to be saved so that, if needed, the person has a card and can display it.

But vaccination data that have been entered into the e-health system, they will also be there and they remain there.

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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