Bucharest has the highest vaccination rate against COVID-19 in the country, respectively 31%, the coordinator of Romania’s national COVID-19 vaccination campaign, military physician Valeriu Gheorghita said on Tuesday.
“We currently have a percentage of vaccine coverage with at least one dose of over 20% – 20.33% of the eligible population, who has been vaccinated with at least one dose. We also have 11.93% of people who have only one dose and 8.39% of people who have been vaccinated with the full schedule, with the two doses, and since yesterday we have over 2 million people who have been vaccinated with the full schedule, which means obtaining the maximum benefits after vaccination against COVID-19. (…) The municipality of Bucharest, at the moment, has a vaccination coverage rate of 31%, if we compare it with the coverage rate in the other counties. I do not mean the municipalities, I mean counties – it is the highest vaccination coverage rate in the country, followed by Cluj – with 28%, Timis – 22%, Brasov – 22%, Sibiu – 21%, Constanta – 21%, the first six counties with coverage rate vaccine above the national average,” Gheorghita told a press conference.
The military doctor said that currently more than 1,400,000 people are scheduled on the anti-COVID-19 vaccination platform, and more than 25,000 people are on the waiting list.
“We have the six counties with the most people on the waiting lists. In Bucharest, there are about 7,967 people on the waiting list, in Mures – almost 5,000 people, Cluj – over 3,000 people, Galati – almost 2,000 of people, Prahova – 1,400, Arges – 135 people,” Gheorghita specified.
Until Monday, according to him, 3,378,699 people had been vaccinated, of whom 1,349,089 people with the first dose and 2,029,610 people with the second.
The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Health Andrei Baciu, vice-president of the National Committee for the Coordination of Activities on Immunization against SARS-CoV-2, announced that Romania ranks 6th in the EU and 18th in the global vaccination campaign.
“Romania ranks 6th in the European Union in terms of the vaccination campaign. We refer here to the vaccination of people with both doses, which ensures the complete maximum immunization scheme; and globally, in 18th place,” Baciu said.
Vaccination without appointment, available starting on Friday
The President of the National Committee Coordinating the Activities on the SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghita, announced that, starting on Friday, there is the possibility for persons who wish to be immunised to go directly, without prior appointment to the centres, starting 14:00 until the end of the working hours, at 20:00.
“Starting on Friday, May 7, we intend to have the following way of showing up at the vaccination centers. As vaccination centres receive supplies on Friday for the days of Saturday and Sunday, we will establish the following modality: People over 60 years old will go directly to the vaccination centers without appointment, and the rest of the people who want to get vaccinated will show up after 14:00 until the end of the working hours, at 20:00, without appointment. I mention that for people over 60 years, they can show up throughout the working interval from 8 in the morning to 20:00,” Gheorghita told a press conference.
He underscored that the persons having an appointment on the platform would have priority.
Vaccination campaign coordinator on 10 million target: We can go back to normality even without reaching this figure
He also announced on Tuesday that Romanians could drop the restrictions established in the pandemic context even if the target of 10 million vaccinated citizens is not reached.
He detailed that added to the vaccinated persons there are those who had COVID-19 and present short-term immunity.
“In theory, we can go back to normality even without reaching this target, as we don’t have at the moment data showing the real number of the persons who have gone through this infection. We know that the protection after the natural infection stands somewhere at three, or, according to other data, up to six months. Obviously, this type of immunity acquired through illness is important on short term, it contributes to the epidemiological control, nonetheless, on long term it doesn’t help. Vaccination remains the only long term efficient solution, ensuring protection to the situation of epidemiological aggravation,” he also said.
Gheorghita explained that “if from an epidemiological point of view, things have a favourable development, we mustn’t get stuck in this 10 million vaccinated persons figure.”
“In the end, what interests us through vaccination as well as through restrictive measures is to have as less persons getting sick, as little as possible people who lose their life to this disease and get back to normality in safety conditions,” he said.
Prime Minister Florin Citu was saying on April 22 that dropping the sanitary protection mask could be considered after 10 million Romanians are immunised.
Moreover, the Prime Minister said last week that “we have all the conditions to reach 5 million vaccinated people before June 1.”
When asked about this target, Gheorghita said: “The vaccination campaign is not a mathematical matter, as we still have some unknown factors, depending on the addressability and the desire of people to get vaccinated.”
At the same time, he said “we mustn’t set some rigid landmarks, these are estimations.”
He pointed out that the objective of the National Committee on the Coordination of COVID-19 Vaccination Activities is the creation of a system through which “if anyone wants to get vaccinated today, they should be able to do that until evening.
Romania reports over 14,000 adverse events following COVID-19 immunisation as of May 4
Chairman of Romania’s National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee , the military physician Valeriu Gheorghita on Tuesday also announced that as of May 4, 14,278 adverse events following COVID-19 immunisation (AEFI) were recorded in Romania, saying that none of them involved medically documented cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.
“As of May 3, there were 14,278 adverse events following COVID-19 immunisation reported in Romania, with an AEFI reporting rate of 2.6 cases per 1,000 doses administered. For the week ending on May 2, a total of 561 adverse events were reported, with 83% of them being recorded on the platform of the National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices. The median age of those who reported these adverse events was 36 years, 63% of whom were female. One adverse event was considered severe and 560 non-critical,” Gheorghita told a news conference.
He indicated that as of May 4, 3,378,699 people were vaccinated in Romania, of which 1,349,089 people with their first dose and 2,029,610 fully vaccinated as they got their second jab as well.
He added that there are no reports of medically documented cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis after vaccination by any of the types of vaccines is used.
“It is unlikely that this information goes unnoticed, unreported, that it will not be brought up to the attention of the authorities or in the public space. (…) Such cases (…) are extremely rare cases, we are talking about a frequency of between 1 to 4 cases in 1 million vaccinated people. We have less than 500,000 people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine,” said Gheorghita.
12-15-year-olds might get vaccinated against COVID-19 this summer
oordinator of Romania’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign Valeriu Gheorghita said on Tuesday that there is a clear prospect of immunising this summer 12-15-year-olds in the country using the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
He told a news conference that Pfizer BioNTech had submitted all the necessary papers to the European Medicines Agency in order to obtain authorisation for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the 12-to-15-year-olds.
“We expect the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] to grant the authorisation soon, and it is likely that the European Medicines Agency will follow suit next month, so we have a long-term prospect. It may be clear that from this summer we can vaccinate people in the 12-15-year-old age class who obviously want to get vaccinated with the consent of their parents,” said Gheorghita.
Compiled from Agerpres