Romania's vaccination strategy against COVID-19, approved by the CSAT

by Romanian Reporter - Friday, December 4, 2020 6:31 PM

Romania's vaccination strategy against COVID-19, approved by the CSAT

The coordinator of the national vaccination campaign against the SARS-Cov-2, Valeriu Gheorghiță, communicated today some details of the vaccination strategy approved yesterday by the Supreme Council for National Defense (CSAT). 850-900 vaccination centers will be set up, supplemented by mobile units. The target of the campaign is to have 13 million Romanians vaccinated within 6 months, which should ensure collective immunization.

"Vaccination is a right, not an obligation", stated Gheorghiță, who added that the vaccines used in Romania will be only from those authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and will meet all safety and efficiency standards. Last week Romania transferred 12 million EUR to the European Commission for the first vaccine batch.

"The vaccination strategy for Romania is perfectly aligned to all EU and WHO recommendations. We have the obligation to transparently and honestly communicate and inform the citizens so that everyone has all information required to decide whether or not to get a vaccine", he added.

A vaccination campaign in three stages

The first phase will target the healthcare professionals and social workers, while in the second phase the persons from high-risk categories will be vaccinated (persons older than 65 and the ones with chronic illnesses), as well as employees performing essential activities. The third stage will be dedicated to the general population.

If the campaign will achieve its targets, 60-70% of the population will be vaccinated, which should be enough, in his opinion, for achieving the collective immunity against the COVID-19 virus.

The vaccination will be done through two vaccine shots, administered at an interval between each other. There will be a unique register for the persons who will get the vaccine. The appointments will be arranged online, by phone, and through family doctors. The appointment for the second dose will be automatically scheduled at the moment of the initial one.

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