Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Monday that after June 1, some COVID-19 relaxation measures could be discussed, pointing to the fact that restaurants could be opened at a capacity of 30-40% regardless of the cumulative two-week caseload rate.
“I think we can talk after June 1 about some relaxation measures. [Wearing] a mask in public – I don’t think it’s time [to get rid of that]. We can talk about events where people are vaccinated, we can talk about restaurants that, for example, no longer depend on the caseload rate if the entire staff of the restaurant is vaccinated. Whether we are in a town or a city where we have a higher vaccination rate – we can think of measures to tell us that restaurants no longer depend on the two-week caseload rate and they remains open at 30% -40% capacity. (…) Now we can talk about tourism in the country if we get vaccinated,” Citu told TVR 1 public broadcaster.
He said the goal is for five million people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as of June 1.
“Yesterday we exceeded three million. There are three million vaccinated people. It is important, because that means 20% of vaccinated people. We have a goal to have five million vaccinated people as of June 1, over 30% of the people who should get vaccinated. It is important, because we have looked at the countries that have so far had a higher degree of vaccination, faster than us, and they have begun to introduce measures or take out the measures they had in place to get closer to reality. This target of five million is very important. (…) It is very realistic,” said the prime minister.
Citu mentioned that at his meeting with representatives of the local administrations he proposed that every weekend a vaccination marathon take place, following the example of the western city of Timisoara.
“In companies we will set up vaccination centres where the companies want them and where both the working people, the employees and the members of their families will be vaccinated,” said the prime minister, adding that there will also be mobile vaccination centres.
He insisted that vaccination is the only solution to return to normal.
“There is no other solution. We cannot find another solution; we have no other solution at the moment than to get vaccinated. This vaccination campaign is not a whim; it is not a goal of this government. It is a campaign for life. Just look at what we went through last year, look at the number of people who have died. (…) It is a campaign to return to normal and to live a normal life.”
Vaccination campaign against COVID-19 to be sped up
The vaccination campaign against COVID-19 will be sped up, both in the urban and in the rural environment, in order to offer as many people as possible the chance to get immunized against the virus and gradually return to a normal life, announced Prime Minister Florin Citu, on Monday, at the Victoria Government Palace, after a meeting with representatives of local authorities.
He said that mayors of cities, towns, communes and representatives of County Councils represent an important support for the correct information of people and in order to make access to vaccination easier.
“We discussed today with representatives of local authorities several solutions to facilitate access of people to vaccines. We have in view organizing, on weekends, drive-through vaccination centers and vaccination marathons. Furthermore, vaccination will continue through the family doctors practices. Presently, over 3,000 family doctors have shown their availability to get involved in the vaccination process, hopefully others will engage in this joint effort. We will go forward in what regards the setting up of vaccination centers on the premises of economic operators to immunize employees and their families. For rural communities or those harder to access, but also where vaccination centers are not organized, we will support the activity of mobile centers, an efficient solution, given that starting with May 4 immunization will be available with the single-dose serum produced by Johnson&Johnson,” Citu wrote, on the Facebook page of the Government.
He emphasized that vaccination is vital in order to protect the health of the population and for the gradual recovery of Romania, from an economic, social and cultural viewpoint.
“I will continue collaborating with local authorities, we are already at the third meeting in [my] Prime Minister mandate,” the Prime Minister concluded.
Compiled from Agerpres