Coronavirus pandemic: unpopular AstraZeneca, vaccinated without reservation in Romania

Coronavirus pandemic: unpopular AstraZeneca, vaccinated without reservation in Romania

In Romania, anyone can get the vaccine from the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for Vaxvevria from Friday, without reservation, if there are vacancies at this vaccination center and no one is on the waiting list. This was announced at a press conference held today, Tuesday, by military doctor Valerio Georgita, coordinator of the Coronavirus vaccination campaign. He added that in Romania, the 1062 vaccination centers currently operating can provide 115,000 vaccinations per day, but so far up to 65,000 people have been vaccinated within 24 hours.

According to the coordinator, the decline in interest in immunization cannot be inferred from the fact that the number of subscribers to the reservation portal has decreased from 800 thousand to half a million. Gheorghita believes there are fewer and fewer people on waiting lists because the vaccination rate has accelerated, and many of them are waiting to be vaccinated in GP surgery without an appointment.

In Romania, around 300,000 people canceled their AstraZeneca prescription, which was previously unpopular in Romania, given that the same manufacturer – the other two vaccines – promised more modest efficacy and a higher rate of side effects. While Pfizer received 0.28% of the vaccines and Moderna 0.4%, AstraZeneca received 1.3% of the vaccine injections.

In Romania, 410,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine have been used so far, 910,000 doses are in stock, with another 57,000 doses arriving on Tuesday. The AstraZeneca vaccine has been in use in the country since February 15th, and since the booster dose was administered eight weeks later, 400,000 people have been vaccinated with the first dose of AstraZeneca on Monday with the second dose.

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In Romania, which has a population of about twenty million, the government wants to immunize at least ten million people by August 1. According to Prime Minister Florin Seto, they can stop wearing the mask if they cross this threshold.

Meanwhile, in Slovenia, restrictions were lifted that only people between the ages of 60 and 64 could receive the AstraZeneca vaccine against the Coronavirus, with which all adults over the age of 18 can now be vaccinated. Ulujs Ihan, a member of the government’s Epidemiology Committee, told POP TV that the decision was taken on the proposal of the committee and taking into account the recommendations of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Based on the available evidence, the EMA did not find a specific specific risk factor based on gender or age, so there is no reason to limit AstraZeneca vaccination to a particular population, the expert emphasized.

(MTI)

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