Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu told a press conference on Tuesday that increasingly more Romanians choose to get the COVID vaccine, but that it will take long until collective immunity is achieved.
“Overall, we must say that we are now in a very difficult moment of the pandemic and that, just as in the last many months, our thoughts are divided between hope and fear. We have on the one hand the hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A year ago, we weren’t aware that there was a vaccine, today we are in the happy situation where any Romanian can get vaccinated. In a few weeks at the most, we will reach the point where every Romanian who wanted this will have received the shot. And increasingly more Romanians choose to get vaccinated, and this is a gesture of care, if you want, both towards themselves and towards all the vulnerable people around them, whether we are talking about our own parents, grandparents, chronically ill, or just close ones. (…) We are still far from the moment of achieving the collective immunity we need for everyone to be protected. But we have enough moments and reasons to be optimistic,” Voiculescu said, according to Agerpres.
However, the Health Minister said that the intensive care units and emergency units all over the country are full, the medical staff is exhausted and the COVID-19 pandemic can still cause fear as Romania is faced with a third wave of infections.