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Third stage of anti-COVID vaccination, for general population, could begin in April

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The third stage of vaccinating against COVID, for the general population, could begin in the month of April, declared, on Tuesday, the chairman of the National Committee for the Coordination of Vaccination Activities, Dr. Valeriu Gheorghita.

"Regarding the third stage of vaccination, we estimate it somewhere around early April. It is a realistic term, which we can take into account, but we must understand that we are using an estimate term because the beginning of this vaccination for this category is influenced by the shipping rhythm of the vaccine doses and the vaccination capacity. At the moment, for the first stage there are 376 vaccination centers for social and health workers. Today they are being vaccinated in 251 centers," Gheorghita told a press conference at Victoria governmental Palace.

Dr. Valeriu Gheorghita announced on Tuesday that the second batch of anti-COVID vaccines, of 150,000 doses, will arrive in Romania on Wednesday, and throughout the month of January our country will receive 600,000 anti-COVID vaccine vials.

 

The National COVID Vaccination Coordination Committee informs Tuesday that according to data provided by the National Public Health Institute through the National Electronic Vaccinations Registry app, 16,101 people have received the Pfizer BioNTech jab for coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

According to a release, a total of 41,609 people have been vaccinated so far for COVID-19.

Of those vaccinated in the last 24 hours 89 persons experienced minor side effects - 56 had a local reaction and 33 had general reactions. Another 5 side effect occurrences are under investigation.

 

On the other hand, surveys have found that between 30 and 35 percent of the population hesitate to take the vaccine, or want to push back the inoculation date, emphasizing that this is a reason for the communication and information campaign to continue.

"Current surveys reveal that about 30 - 35 percent of the population hesitate or want to postpone the decision regarding vaccination. I think that it is important to continue communication and information actions, because the decision to postpone the jab or hesitation is not a refusal, but a real need for more information on the subject," Gheorghita told a news conference at the Victoria Palace of Government, adding that the medical staff who don't want to be immunized for now must definitely have their reasons for this.

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