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August 15, 2022

Gheorghita: Romania has a national vaccination coverage rate of about 28 %

The national vaccination coverage rate of the eligible population over 12 years of age is about 28%, said on Tuesday the chairman of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghita.

“At the moment, the national vaccination coverage rate of the eligible population over the age of 12 is about 28%, practically approaching one third of the nationally eligible population,” the military doctor said.

According to him, the vaccination coverage rate of the eligible resident population over the age of 12 is 45.9% in the Municipality of Bucharest and 42.6% in the County of Cluj.

“As for the vaccination coverage at the national level, the Municipality of Bucharest currently has a vaccination coverage rate of the eligible resident population over the age of 12 of 45.9%; Cluj County – 42.6%; Sibiu – 36.18% Brasov – 33.8%, Timisoara – 33%, practically, there are 9 counties that have a vaccination coverage rate of over 30%, there are 25 counties that have a vaccination coverage rate between 20 and 30% and 8 counties that have a vaccination coverage rate below 20%,” said the CNCAV president.

He said there were 709 active vaccination centers on July 5, totaling 1,134 streams.

“Also, in the age group 12-15 years, the vaccination coverage rate is 2.4% , 20,078 people being vaccinated with at least a dose, and the age group 16-19 years has a vaccination coverage rate of 15.9% which in absolute terms means about 130,478 people vaccinated with at least one dose,” said the doctor.


Over  704,000  digital certificates issued so far in Romania


Until Tuesday, at 10:00 hrs, 704,064 European digital certificates, 96 pct of them attesting COVID-19 vaccination, announced, on Tuesday, in a press conference, State Secretary with the Health Ministry (MS) Andrei Baciu, deputy chair of National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV).

“Until now it has worked without issues and it works without issues still, and until today, at 10:00 hrs, 704,064 certificates were generated. A large part of them, 96 pct, are certificates attesting vaccination, we are speaking of 676,000. Under 4 pct of certificates are COVID certificates attesting recovery and/or a negative test, and the support center, the call center we have for exceptional situations, recorded a number of 1,224 calls only in the past 24 hours. There is still a great request, the platform works. (…) We encourage and invite all those who are to travel in the coming period to download this certificate. There are five weeks left until we need to transition to the digital solution, but it’s the most simple option anyway, we don’t have to live with the concern that we lose or misplace the paper, the document, if we have it on our smartphone or, anyway, we have the QR code, which, for example in the case of vaccination, is a document that remains valid for a year, until June 2022,” the State Secretary explained.

On the other hand, he announced that 208 mobile teams have immunized, until now, persons hired in 585 companies.

“Until now the opportunity was used by 585 companies, of which 92 in the HoReCa domain. This activity was done with the aid of 208 mobile teams. 63,000 persons were vaccinated, of whom 3,892 persons come from the HoReCa domain. (…) There are many vaccination centers organized in malls, airports, in various atypical locations, but of note is an important vaccination center in Galati – a drive-thru that has managed to vaccinate 18,301 persons so far, unlike the others, which had a more reduced activity,” showed the State Secretary.


117 vaccination centers – activity temporarily halted, shorter hours for 371 centers


The chairman of the Romania’s National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghita, informed that 117 non-movable centers have temporarily halted their activity, and in the case of 371 centers, their working hours have been reduced.

“In the previous week we evaluated the efficiency of non-movable vaccination centers. Approximately 80% of non-movable vaccination centers are vaccinating less than 25% of the vaccination capacity allocated to each flow. Which is why, at this time, 117 non-movable vaccination centers have temporarily halted their activity. We have 371 centers for which the work schedule has been reduced and also the number of flows in active vaccination centers has been reduced. In the coming period, these streamlining measures will continue to be applied, in order to maintain a right balance between costs”, he showed, during a press conference at the Victoria Government Palace.

Valergiu Gheorghita highlighted that streamlining costs does not target the staff, which will continue its activity in the centers from the rural area, but rather costs regarding rent, cleaning and disinfecting services. He showed that such a measure will allow the vaccination campaign in the rural area to accelerate.

“During the next period we will probably have several centers which will temporarily halt their activity, so that there is a geographical coverage uniformization at the level of each county, in order to ensure a much better access for people to vaccinate”, Valeriu Gheorghita said.

On the other hand, he said that it is possible to revert back to the initial structure of the non-movable vaccination centers, when the demand will rise.

“We are anticipating that in the following period we will have a rising adressability regarding vaccination against COVID-19, as a result of the potential of the Delta strain to become dominant among the population, worldwide. Furthermore, as the estimated data and predictions are at this moment, there is a strong possibility for our country to have an increase of cases caused by the Delta strain”, he said.

Regarding the “The city is vaccinating the village” campaign, Valeriu Gheorghita specified that until this time there have been vaccination actions initiated with the help of mobile teams and centers in 1,792 localities in the rural area (representing 62.6% from a total of 2,862 communes). With the help of the 871 teams there have been over 91,225 people vaccinated.


2,548 family doctors currently participating in COVID vaccination rollout


The president of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee also declared o Tuesday that 2,548 family doctors – of whom 1,285 in rural areas – are currently participating in the COVID vaccination rollout.

“More than 207,000 people have been vaccinated to date at family physicians’ practices, 54.8 percent of the total being from rural areas,” the CNCAV head told a press conference.

According to the cited official, the highest number of vaccinees through doctor’s offices is in Timis County – over 13,000, followed by Bucharest City – 10,665; Mures County – 9,899; Prahova County – 9,574; and Arges County – 9,539.

Valeriu Gheorghita also said that 30,108 foreign citizens were given the coronavirus jab in Romania, with 18,493 of them having received the full 2-dose vaccination.

He went on to say that 152 public hospitals offer vaccination for their own patients, for eligible chronic disease patients, and that 3,974 patients from 37 counties with such public health care facilities have been vaccinated so far.

“Also, 23 private hospitals have inoculated 570 patients in 11 counties. COVID vaccination starts this week in another eight public hospitals in two counties,” Valeriu Gheorghita said.


Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.gov.ro

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