The COVID vaccination campaign in Romania started on Sunday, targeting, in the first phase, the medical staff from all 10 infectious disease hospitals in the front line in the fight against the new coronavirus.
Based on the contract signed by the European Commission with BioNTtech / Pfizer, Romania can access over 10 million doses of vaccine.
Nearly 1,000 health care professionals were vaccinated by 6 p.m. on Sunday, countrywide, with no immunized persons having any adverse effects, according to a release issued by the National Committee for the Coordination of Vaccination Activities against COVID-19.
According to the source, the total number of medical professionals, out of the 10 hospitals, who were already given the first dose of vaccines was 960.
Vaccination of medical personnel from the ten health units on the front line in the fight against COVID-19 continues on Monday and Tuesday, after the immunisation campaign in the first batch of vaccines, delivered on 25 December, kicked off on Sunday morning.
The beginning of the campaign was marked at the Bucharest’s Prof. Dr. Matei Bals National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the first person vaccinated being Mihaela Anghel, a general care nurse, member of the medical team who, on February 27, took over the first patient in Romania confirmed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, mentioned the source.
First vaccinated person in Romania: I was very privileged, it didn’t hurt at all
Mihaela Anghel, a nurse at the Matei Bals Institute in the Capital, said she was excited and privileged to be the first person in Romania chosen to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus.
“I think it was the biggest emotion. I was very privileged because I was chosen to be the first vaccinated in the country (…) I didn’t know how to react, I didn’t ask even for a second why I was chosen. I just said ‘yes’ and got here. It didn’t hurt at all,” the nurse said after receiving the dose of vaccine.
She also had a message for those who refuse to get vaccinated or do not believe in the pandemic.
“Let them open their eyes wide and come to be vaccinated, so that we can get rid of this weight on us all. Do not wait for them or their loved ones to get sick, to realize that this disease exists (…) I feel and hope to be the end of this pandemic. I hope with all my heart”, said the nurse.
Mihaela Anghel added that the hardest moment of this year was when she lost a patient who had been in intensive care for more than three months.
“We are also affected by the loss of patients. In all these years of working here, it has never happened to have so many deaths (…) It was harder at first, because I could not stay with my family. We had to stay in isolation (…) It was quite a serious case, a 33-year-old man who was in intensive care for about three and a half months in the hospital (…) Think that we are all dressed in that equipment. Five or six hours without water, without air, only heat and perspiration,” the nurse added.
Mihaela Anghel is a general nurse, a member of the medical team that, on February 27 took over the first patient in Romania confirmed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
She received the first dose of vaccine, on Sunday, at 9.00, to the applause of the medical staff from the Matei Bals Institute in the Capital.
PM Citu: Reference moment in the fight against the virus
Prime Minister Florin Citu considers that the moment of vaccinating the first person against COVID-19 in Romania is a “historical”, “reference” one for Romania in the fight against the new coronavirus.
“The first person vaccinated against COVID-19 in Romania and a historical/reference moment for our country, in the fight against the virus that kidnapped too many lives and ran havoc in the whole world! Mihaela Anghel, nurse from the team that took over the first confirmed patient with SARS-CoV-2 in our country received the first vaccine against COVID-19. After 10 months from the first case of infection in Romania, the fight through which we can regain our normal life begins.Vaccination against COVID-19 begins with the people without whom the health of Romanians could no longer be ensured”, Citu writes on Facebook.
He points out that there will be free vaccines for all those who want to get immunized, and for those who “still hesitate”, specialists come up with solid, scientifically validated information to help them make the right decision.
“Vaccination is safe, voluntary / non-compulsory and no restrictions will be imposed on those who are not vaccinated! Vaccination against COVID-19 is the fastest and safest way to manage and limit the pandemic. Vaccination, along with complying with the measures to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including at Christmas and New Year’s Eve, give us a chance to return to normal,” he said.
The Chief of the Executive reminds that Romania received the first 10,000 doses of vaccine on Saturday and will receive around 140,000 doses per week.
“Romania will benefit from approximately 10 million doses of vaccine. The first steps in the vaccination campaign have been flawless so far and I am sure that this campaign will continue very well in the future,” Citu said.
He also mentioned the existence of the national information platform on vaccination against COVID-19 – Rovaccinare: www.vaccinare-covid.gov.ro.
Gheorghita: We should ensure in the next six months the immunization of 60-70% of the population
The head of the National Committee for the management of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, the military doctor Valeriu Gheorghita, declared that, if things go well, in the next six months an immunization of 60-70% of the population against the new coronavirus should be ensured.
“If things go well and the availability of vaccines will be that which we need, we should be able to immunize about 60-70% of the population in the first six months, which is the level at which the consequences of the pandemic are much diminished and we can put an end to this scourge”, Valeriu Gheorghita said on Sunday at the Matei Bals Institute where the administration of the first doses of vaccine against the new coronavirus took place.
He explained that on Monday, December 28, Romania will receive the next batch of vaccines, and on Tuesday their distribution to the 370 centers in medical units will start.
Regarding the start of the vaccination campaign, Valeriu Gheorghita said that this is an “exciting moment” and will do everything in his power to ensure that the vaccination of people takes place safely.
“It’s an exciting time for everyone. I have to tell you that today is the birthday of Professor Louis Pasteur, the father of microbiology, and I believe that this vaccination campaign is a tribute to medical research, scientific progress and all those who sacrificed to save human lives, the whole medical body, but also all the patients who unfortunately had to suffer because of this pandemic”, said Gheorghita.
New anti-COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in Romania on December 29 and 30
New batches of anti-COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in Romania on the 29th and 30th of December, announced the National Committee of Coordinating Activities Regarding Vaccination against COVID-19.
“From the information we have, there was a shipping delay in 8 countries due to some technical issues of the manufacturer. Thus, at this moment, we know that the new anti-COVID 19 vaccines will arrive in Romania on the 29th in Bucharest, Cluj and Timisoara and on the 30th of December in Brasov, Constanta, Craiova and Iasi”, according to the quoted source.
Platform for online appointments, operational
The IT platform which allows appointments for vaccination against COVID-19 – https://programare.vaccinare-covid.gov.ro/ – is operational, announced the National Committee for Coordinating activities regarding the vaccination against the novel coronavirus.
Starting Monday, in accordance with the Strategy of vaccinations against COVID-19, people from Group I can make appointments, namely people in the health and social sectors, and the access to the application to be activated for the other two vaccination groups (Group II – population at risk and essential workers and key activities and Group III – the general population), according to the press release sent to AGERPRES.
The electronic planning through the platform will streamline the vaccination process, distributing vaccination doses and avoid over-crowding in vaccination centers, the quoted source highlights.
Compiled from Agerpres