President of the National Committee for Coordination of Activities regarding vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, Valeriu Gheorghita, on Friday stated that vaccination is voluntary and not mandatory.
“The existence of a vaccine to be approved by all the regulatory authorities at the European level will allow us to be in control of our health again and to return to normality. (…) The vaccination strategy is perfectly compatible with all the recommendations made at the European Union and World Health Organization level. (…) The vaccination campaign and the communication campaign are in full compliance with all the EU recommendations and we have now the duty to carry out a transparent information campaign so that all persons will have information to decide whether to get a vaccine or not. Vaccination is voluntary and not mandatory, it is a right and not an obligation,” Gheorghita told a press conference at the Victoria Governmental Palace.
He presented elements of the national anti-COVID vaccination strategy, together with the vice-president of CNCAV, the state secretary in the Ministry of Health Andrei Baciu, and Florentina Furtunescu, director of the National Public Health Institute.
Transport of anti-COVID vaccine to be provided by Ministries of Defence, Interior, Health
The internal transport of doses of anti-COVID vaccine will be provided by the Ministries of Defence, Interior and Health, Valeriu Gheorghita, President of the National Committee for the Coordination of Activities on Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), informed on Friday.
“Internal transport from the national center to the regional centers and, subsequently, to the vaccination centers will be provided by air transport of the Ministry of National Defence and by terrestrial means from the structures of the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Internal Affairs,” Gheorghita also told the press conference at Victoria Palace.
Public confidence – key element in success of vaccination activities
The chairman of the National Committee for the Coordination of Activities on Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, Valeriu Gheorghita, stated that public confidence is the key element in the success of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19.
“At the moment, public confidence in vaccination is the essential element that will underpin the success of vaccination activities. As we know, trust is gained and not imposed. (…) I believe that through coherent actions that will be brought to the public opinion, which will be communicated periodically as we carry out various activities throughout this vaccination activity, all these things will be the basis for increasing the confidence of the general population, but also of certain socio-professional categories in vaccination against COVID,” Gheorghita also told the press conference at Victoria Palace.
Vaccination strategy was approved in Supreme Council for National Defence meeting
The vaccination strategy against the novel coronavirus has been approved in the meeting of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) held on Thursday.
“In the CSAT extraordinary meeting, we approved the vaccination strategy against the novel coronavirus,” President Iohannis announced after he visited the anti-COVID-19 vaccination centre at Romexpo.
He showed that it is very likely that in the beginning of next year Romania benefit from the first batch of the vaccine, namely approximately 1 million doses.
The head of state also said on Thursday that the intention to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus exists “to a very high degree” among Romania’s healthcare workers.
“It is very, very important to know that these types of vaccines that are now being approved are safe; they are effective; they measure up to the highest European standards, and that is very important news for Romanians. The team that will deal with the vaccination campaign has already checked in hospitals, among family physicians and I am very happy to tell you that I found out today (…) that the intention to get vaccinated is already at a very high level. It seems that already more than 80% of the healthcare workers want to be vaccinated, which is a very good thing and, if all goes as planned, we may be able to complete this first vaccination campaign before summer,” said Iohannis after visiting a COVID-19 vaccination centre at Romexpo Exhibition Centre in Bucharest.
The chief of state mentioned that the vaccination of several million people in just a few days requires opening vaccination centres, such as the one at Romexpo.
“We have just visited a vaccination centre, because in order to allow the vaccination of a very large number of people – we are talking about several million people who will be vaccinated in just a few months – the intention is to open such vaccination centres. What we have here today, and you will see the pictures, is a pilot project, what the vaccination centres will look like – with a reception area, a discussion area with the doctor, the actual vaccination area and a waiting area after vaccination,” explained Iohannis.
The President mentioned that there will be an electronic register to keep track of the vaccinations, adding that these types of vaccine involve a two-step vaccination.
“There is an electronic register where all vaccinations will be entered, an electronic register, obviously confidential, but evidence is needed from several points of view. The specificity of several types of vaccine, this time, is that it requires a two-step vaccination. So people who receive these types of vaccines will have to come twice at an interval that will be made known,” added Iohannis.
He also said that he is waiting for the vaccine to come and for the vaccination campaign to end for economy to restart.
“We are well prepared, we are waiting for the vaccines and I can tell you that, personally, I am very satisfied with the work done by the Ministry of Health, the minister, the top official and Colonel Gheorghita, who is in charge of this vaccination campaign. I can hardly wait for the vaccine to come and for us to carry through this campaign, so that we may start rebuilding, restoring everything that was slowed down, restarting the economy and getting back to normal,” said Iohannis.
Compiled from Agerpres