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Valeriu Gheorghita: Romania might get closer to herd immunity against COVID-19 in August

The head of National Coordinating Committee for Vaccination Activities against COVID-19 (CNCAV), Dr. Valeriu Gheorghita on Tuesday stated  that according to healthcare officials’ estimates, Romania this August will get closer to a 50-percent threshold of heard immunity against COVID-19 that includes vaccinated persons and COVID-19 survivors.

“As far as the vaccination targets and goals are concerned, they are obviously based in particular on reaching the threshold of herd immunity, group immunity that will bring benefits in terms of epidemiological control. That is why we want the vaccination to speed up. Our models are based, on the one hand, on the intention to get vaccinated, on the other hand, on the vaccination rate, always evaluated for the last two weeks, and I mean here the first dose of the vaccine, because that is the most relevant. They are also based on data related to the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases of and the percentage of overlap of confirmed persons with persons who have been vaccinated. Together they create that concept of herd immunity that can vary from 25-30-40 to 50%,” Gheorghita told a news briefing on Tuesday when asked what the vaccination targets are set to allow for more easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, and and if they are taken into account locally depending on the degree of vaccination.

He added that, according to specialists’ estimates, this August Romania will get to a threshold of herd immunity.

“Our estimates are that somewhere this August, on August 1, we will reach the threshold of herd immunity, meaning about 50% of both vaccinated persons and COVID-19 survivors,” said Gheorghita.

He added that the vaccination targets are 5 million people immunised by late May, 6 million in July and 7 million in August.

He said the current epidemiological development nationwide is good, but there is a need to consolidate the favorable trend.”Taking into account the estimate, the epidemiological developments in the number of cases, fortunately the epidemiological situation nationwide is a good one, but we need to consolidate this favourable trend and fulfil the long-term prediction that by vaccination the number of people susceptible to infection decreases and we should no longer have the risk of epidemiological relapse after we gradually and progressively ease up on all these restrictions,” said Gheorghita.

 

Almost 4 mln persons, vaccinated anti-COVID with at least one dose until May 17

 

From the start of the vaccination campaign until May 17, a total of 3,963,176 people were vaccinated with at least one dose, of whom 2,871,560 people are vaccinated with the second dose as well, the head of National Coordinating Committee for Vaccination Activities against COVID-19 (CNCAV), Dr. Valeriu Gheorghita, said on Tuesday.

He also mentioned that, according to the latest data, the number of people scheduled with the three types of vaccine is over 1,049,000 people, both for dose I and dose II.

The head of CNCAV also provided details on the number of side effects after the anti-COVID vaccination.

“Profile of adverse reactions at the national level, as of May 16: 15,357 cases of post-vaccination adverse reactions were reported. In the previous week, May 10 – May 16, a total of 538 adverse reactions were reported, with 86% being reported to the National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices, the rest to the National Institute of Public Health. The median age of people who reported side effects was 37 years old and no severe side effects were reported,” Valeriu Gheorghita announced.

 

987 active vaccination centres nationwide

 

The number of active vaccination centres, using all four types of vaccines, is 987 nationwide, the head of the National Committee for Coordination of Activities on Vaccination against COVID-19 (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghita, said on Tuesday.

“The number of vaccination centres that are active at the national level is 987, using all four types of vaccines, cumulating a total of 1,461 flows, of which active Pfizer centres – 706, with 1,099 flows, and 38 centres with waiting lists. There are also 130 active centers that receive the vaccine from the Moderna company, with 157 flows, of which two have a waiting list. The number of active centres that receive the vaccine from the Astra Zeneca company is 148, with 201 flows, and today there will be inaugurated new centres in 21 counties, and there are already working 41 vaccination flows with Johnson & Johnson, in addition to the family doctor cabinets. Moreover, there will be doses distributed to the mobile centres and the drive-thru centres,” Valeriu Gheorghita told a press conference at the Victoria Palace.

 

17,855 foreign nationals have been immunised in Romania

 

Chairman of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV) Valeriu Gheorghita says that since the beginning of the COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign in Romania, 17,855 foreign nationals have been immunised in Romania, including citizens of other European Union countries, Switzerland and citizens of other third countries with a right of legal residence in the country.

“Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, 17,855 foreign nationals, citizens of other European Union member states, Switzerland and citizens of other third countries with a right of legal residence in Romania have been vaccinated, according to the vaccination strategy,” Gheorghita told a news briefing on Tuesday at the Government House.

At the same time, said Gheorghita, May 10-17, 329,073 people got their first dose of the vaccine, with 222,413 of them without prior appointment.

“We made an assessment of the number of people booked for their first dose and people who got vaccinated without prior appointment. In the same time interval, 222,413 people got vaccinated with a first dose without prior appointment, which means 67.58%, of the total persons vaccinated with their first dose in the same time interval. That confirms that people want to get vaccinated and go straight to the vaccination centres, as against 106,660 people, the number of those who got their first dose by appointment,” said Gheorghita.

 

Bucharest is still topping the COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Romania

 

Bucharest is still topping the COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Romania, at 35.7% of the resident population and 42.43% of the eligible population, followed by Cluj County, at 32.77% vaccination coverage of the resident population and 38.6% of the eligible population, head of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV) Valeriu Gheorghita said on Tuesday.

“Bucharest is the city with the highest vaccination coverage rate, at 35.7% of the resident population and 42.43% of the eligible population. Next come Cluj County, at 32.77% vaccination coverage rate of the resident population and 38.6% of the eligible population; Sibiu County, at 26.2% vaccination coverage rate of the resident population and 32% of the eligible population; Brasov County, at 25.4% vaccination coverage rate of the resident population and 30.9% of the eligible population, and Timis County, at 24.8% vaccination coverage rate of the resident population and 29.5% vaccination coverage rate of the eligible population,” Gheorghita told a news conference at the Government House.

According to the head of CNCAV, bringing up the rear are Neamt County, at 13.35% vaccination coverage rate of the resident population, and 16.9% vaccination coverage rate of the eligible population; Bacau County, 12.65% of the resident population and 15.5% of the eligible population; Giurgiu County, 12.49% of the resident population and 14.8% of the eligible population; Botosani County, 12.2% of the resident population and 14.9% of the eligible population, and Suceava County, 11.4% of the resident population and 14.2% of the eligible population.

 

We have identified more than 35 persons infected with the Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2

 

The head of the National Committee for the Coordination of Activities Regarding the Vaccination against COVID-19, Valeriu Gheorghita, on Tuesday said, from among the most recent data, in Romania there has been confirmed the Indian variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in 35 people.

Asked if people infected with the Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2 had severe forms of the disease, and whether or not they were vaccinated, he replied: There were not severe forms and they were for sure unvaccinated, for they were citizens from India who came to Romania.”

According to Valeriu Gheorghita, Romania is facing the “best scenario” right now, in epidemiological terms. “We want to see that the daily decline in the number of new cases maintains, precisely because in this way the probability that the virus will cumulate new variants drops,” he added.

 

Baciu: As many as 377 privately-run businesses so far provide COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

 

Senior official with the Ministry of Health Andrei Baciu said on Tuesday that 377 privately-run businesses in Romania have so far provided COVID-19 vaccinations to their employees, with 100 mobile teams having travelled to the premises for the administration of vaccines.

“So far, we have 377 private operators, privately-run companies, of which 61 in the hospitality business. So today there are precisely 100 mobile teams that have travelled to those privately-run companies for vaccination. A total of 26,129 people were vaccinated. The top five counties with such business operators, same as last week, Brasov, 75 operators; Alba – 45; Hunedoara – 22; Bihor – 21; Galati – 19, and by the number of vaccinated staff at the premises of companies, the ranking also topped by Brasov County, 3,618, then Alba County- 2,290, and Maramures County – 2,374,” Baciu told a news briefing at the Government House.

He said that this week another 50 business operators will start the vaccination of their employees and family members, including Siemens, AzoMures, ALRO Slatina, retail companies, the automotive industry, the processing industry.

As of May 17, Romania received 10,689,069 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and currently there is a stockpile of 1,639,814 doses, said Baciu.

 

 Romania, 7th in Europe in terms of fully vaccinated people

 

Romania ranks seventh in Europe in terms of fully vaccinated people against COVID-19 and 19th in the world, senior official with Ministry of Health Andrei Baciu said on Tuesday.

He said that Romania has so far received 10,689,069 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

According to Baciu, 697,330 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine were received this week, 698,490 will come next week, and 1,091,610 more on the last week of May. As far as the Moderna vaccine is concerned, another batch of 128,400 doses is expected on Thursday, with the May total to reach 513,600.

“As far as the AstraZeneca vaccine is concerned, we will have an estimated total of 1,440,568 doses. This Thursday we also expect a batch of 74,400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The rest up to 402,000 by the end of the month, as 402,000 is the total May deliveries, thus a cumulative total of all four types of vaccines of 6,238,228 doses of vaccine for May. All these actions make Romania rank seventh in Europe, and I mean in terms of fully vaccinated persons, and 19th globally,” said Baciu.

He added that as of May 16, 14,729 lost doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were reported, which is 0.21% of the total used.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.gov.ro

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