Those who want to get vaccinated against COVID can do so, starting this weekend, only by showing up with their ID and without any prior appointment, Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Wednesday.
“Starting on Friday, this weekend, we can get vaccinated anywhere in the Pfizer and Moderna centers, only with the ID, without any prior appointment. Today there has been an issue with too many people trying at the same time, about 40,000 persons. It is a platform we created this year, it isn’t perfect. I apologize for those who had to wait,” the Prime Minister said after the Government meeting.
I proposed mask wearing no longer compulsory in offices with all people vaccinated
Prime Minister Florin Citu has announced on Wednesday that he proposed to the interministerial committee that in the offices where all persons are vaccinated against COVID mask wearing no longer be compulsory.
He was asked in a press conference what incentives are taken into account to boost the COVID vaccination.
“The best incentive – coming back to normality, a life without mask, where we can move freely, whenever, wherever. This is the best incentive, I don’t believe anything else is needed. (…) We offered vaccination centres to companies in Romania, this can be done inside companies. At the same time, there will be another proposal on the table of the interministerial committee, that we made, that in offices, in companies, if all persons are vaccinated against COVID, mask wearing no longer be compulsory, for instance. There are proposals that are on the table and there are these motivations in Romania as well. We’ll see later if financial motivations are needed, but I believe we are responsible people and we want to get back to normality as soon as possible,” Citu explained after the Government meeting.
The PM mentioned that dropping the protection mask in an office where all persons are vaccinated against COVID could be enforced as of June 1.
“It is a proposal we made to the interministerial committee. It is on the committee’s table. We’ll see what those with the Health Ministry, those with the Interior Ministry have to say about this. They are all there and we’ll see their opinions. It is what I believe can be done if in an office all persons are vaccinated – to be able to stay without a mask,” Florin Citu said.
According to the PM, in case the target of 5 million people vaccinated against COVID is not reached by June 1, the restriction measures will not be lifted.
“We shall not lift them. We shall go forward as it has been so far, but I don’t believe this will be the case. I believe that our desire, that of Romanians, to come back to normality is much higher than anything else, and we shall get vaccinated and we shall overcome this period,” Citu also said.
I proposed private events only with vaccinated persons after June 1
Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Wednesday that he proposed to the interministerial committee that private events could be organised only with persons vaccinated against COVID.
He was asked in a press conference at Victoria Governmental Palace when private events could be organised.
“When we get vaccinated. It is again a proposal I have made to the interministerial committee for Friday’s meeting, to have private events only with vaccinated persons. (…) Since June 1. We have a target, we mustn’t rush things, let us allow people to get vaccinated,” the PM said after the Government meeting.
Opening restaurants at full capacity to persons fully vaccinated
The Head of the Bucharest Executive also stated that re-opening restaurants at full capacity to persons fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is a proposal to be discussed on Friday by the inter-ministerial committee, noting that each country has a way to motivate people to get vaccinated.
Asked at the end of a government meeting whether or not re-opening restaurants at full capacity only to vaccinated people is a form of discrimination, the prime minister replied that it was a proposal to be discussed with representatives of several ministries.
“The inter-ministerial committee will convene on Friday and consider these proposals, the proposals that we will discuss with the Health Ministry, the Interior Ministry – all ministers will be there -, the Justice Ministry, and we will see what the solutions will actually be. I have said how I see things and those are my proposals. In the end, that is a way to motivate the population. Each country has its way to motivate the population. I have seen Germany also use this model. If in Germany it is OK to motivate, to provide benefits to vaccinated people, I think we can be OK too; after all, vaccination is the only way to get rid of the pandemic. The fact that people are getting vaccinated – I think it’s normal, in my view, for those who get vaccinated to stand to benefit and have some of the restrictions lifted,” Citu told a news conference.
Compiled from Agerpres