Coronavirus vaccine and Ukraine: How and when mass immunization to start?

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Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine expects to start vaccination against coronavirus in February 2021
22:03, 5 February 2021

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Ukraine will receive the first 117,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in February, and by the end of the second quarter of 2021 - another 2,5 - 4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine. 

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Five stages of state vaccination campaign for risk groups 

The first stage would cover medical workers and personnel who provide assistance to patients with coronavirus, people in nursing homes, and military personnel of the Joint Forces Operation in Donbas. Within the first stage, it is planned to vaccinate 367,000 people. Shmyhal assured that vaccination will begin in February immediately after the drugs are delivered to the country.

The second stage embraces social workers, people over 80 years old, and other medical workers. As part of the second stage, it is planned to vaccinate 2,540 thousand people, this stage is likely to start at the end of March.

The third stage covers people with a high risk of infection and those who perform the functions of supporting and safeguarding the life of the state - employees of the State Emergencies Service, Security Service of Ukraine, police, teachers, and other categories. It is planned to reach 7.2 million people.

The fourth stage of vaccination would cover people with an increased level of infection – people aged 60 to 64, adults with concomitant diseases, and other categories of the population.

The fifth stage concerns other people who are not included in the priority groups will be vaccinated.

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Also under consideration in the Verkhovna Rada is a draft resolution "On the National Plan for Vaccination of the Population of Ukraine from Covid-19." The document contains a requirement for the Cabinet of Ministers and the Ministry of Health to develop and adopt a plan for vaccination of the population against coronavirus as soon as possible, "based on data from epidemiological surveillance, mathematical modeling, and forecasting, as well as taking into account the recommendations of international organizations and the experience of other countries." The document was included in the agenda on Thursday 28 January. Perhaps, after the vote, the plan will reveal more details.

How to apply for the vaccination?

There are three ways to sign up for a coronavirus vaccine. Through a family doctor, a special website or receive an invitation by phone.

According to Viktor Lyashko, it will be possible to make an appointment with a family doctor, and he will write out a referral. Moreover, if there is no family doctor, then this is absolutely not a problem. You still need to make an appointment for vaccination, the Ministry of Health promised to coordinate in every possible way and report on the nearest vaccination points.

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A website will also be launched, where everything about immunization will be told, and it will also be possible to sign up for vaccinations there. At the same time, an information campaign will be launched, during which they will explain when and for which risk groups vaccination begins. This site will also contain detailed instructions on where to get vaccinated.

In addition, it will be possible to receive a telephone invitation from the Primary Health Care Center.

Cost of the vaccine 

Vaccination for the population will be free of charge. In any case, this is what President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Ministry of Health promise.

"Vaccination against Covid-19 in Ukraine will be free of charge. This is exactly the concern, this is the protection that the state should provide to a citizen during a pandemic, from which the whole world is suffering. I do not know how much the vaccine will cost in private hospitals, but for most Ukrainians, this prevention can hit the wallet. And the vaccine against Covid-19 is not something that the state should earn on," the president stressed.

To popularize the vaccine among the country's population, the head of the Ministry of Health, Maksym Stepanov, said that, first of all, he was ready to vaccinate himself, as well as to vaccinate against the coronavirus Zelensky and Prime Minister Denys Shmygal.

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Stepanov also expressed the hope that after the start of vaccination, confidence in this procedure among Ukrainians will increase: “We want the percentage of Ukrainians to be vaccinated to be at least 60%.”

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