President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that the declining intensity of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could create a “false sense of security” in the unvaccinated people, insisting on the need to immunise a significant percentage of the population.
“The short-term goal of the vaccination campaign is to reduce the number of illnesses, hospitalisations and deaths caused by COVID-19, and that is already happening. In the medium term, the aim is, of course, to reach the critical immunity threshold that will stop once and for all the spread of the virus inside human communities. I want to draw you attention to a potential danger, perhaps not well enough understood or explained: as the epidemic decreases in intensity, there is a possibility that some people may feel that what has been more difficult has passed and that getting vaccinated no longer makes sense. But that is a false sense of security. Until we are immunised to a significant extent, the pandemic cannot end, and the risk of the unvaccinated persons getting a severe form of the disease remains high. Dear Romanians, do not hesitate to get vaccinated,” Iohannis said at a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
Earlier in the day, Iohannis had a working meeting on the COVID-19 vaccination campaign with Prime Minister Florin Citu and several members of the Government.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna, Deputy Prime Minister Hunor Kelemen, Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca, Health Minister Ioana Mihaila, Minister of Culture Bogdan Gheorghiu, Minister of Youth and Sports Eduard Novak, Chairman of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV) Valeriu Gheorghita, and senior official with the Ministry of Health Andrei Baciu.
Mayors, other local authorities, regardless of political affiliation, must be actively involved in vaccination campaign
President Klaus Iohannis stressed on Tuesday the need to accelerate the anti-COVID-19 vaccination campaign, noting that mayors and other local authorities, regardless of political affiliation, must be actively involved.
“Obviously, the campaign is going well. The vaccination marathons were successful, but in order to continue the vaccination level we must bring the vaccine closer to the people. The complete reopening of all socio-economic sectors depends on the success of vaccinating as many Romanians as possible and building post-pandemic Romania. Mayors and other local authorities, regardless of political affiliation, must be actively involved in the vaccination campaign. The success we have had so far is predominantly in the urban environment, so it is important to act more intensely in rural areas, as access there to a vaccination center is often more difficult,” President Iohannis said in a statement at the Cotroceni Palace.
Returning to school as soon as possibly under highly safety conditions a priority
President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday said that the return of all students to school as soon as possible, under increased safety conditions, is a priority.
“The return of all students to school as soon as possible, but not under any circumstances, in conditions of increased safety, is a priority,” Iohannis said in a statement at the Cotroceni Palace.
He specified that the decisions in education, during this difficult period, were made on the basis of scenarios directly related to the incidence and the infection rate at the level of each locality.
“We are close to the moment when most students, regardless of grade, will be able to resume their classes in physical format. We want this to remain unchanged until the end of the school year, so that all children can complete their classes in their classrooms,” said President Iohannis.
Compiled from Agerpres