Head of the Ukrainian government Denys Shmygal disclosed the details of the national plan of vaccination that is now being discussed in the Cabinet. He said so during the question hour in the Parliament on Friday.
"I can preliminarily voice out the following details of national vaccination plan, which contain complex measures and recommendations, criteria and clear tasks. So, the main goal of the vaccination plan is to get 50 percent of Ukraine's population inoculated. That's almost 21 million people", Shmygal said.
The Premier said that because it is impossible to buy vaccine for all citizens at once, there's a need to assign priorities - the groups of population that should get the vaccine in the first place.
"These are the medical workers - including those who are directly involved in the measures to counteract the Covid-19 epidemic; the military involved in the Joint Forces Operation; social workers; people living in nurseries and the staff working in such establishments; workers of the state security agencies, State Emergencies Service, National Police, National Guard, Armed Forces servicemen, Interiro Ministry workers; teachers and other workers of education branch; elderly people aged 60 and above", Shmygal said.
He added that the first batch pf vaccine is supposed to reach Ukraine in February. The government negotiates with producers of vaccines and with other governments - in the countries where the vaccine is either produced or already purchased. The vaccines provided by COVAX mechanism are supposed to be delivered to Ukraine in March; that's eight million doses, i.e. enough for four million citizens.