Prime Minister Florin Citu at the end of the government meeting on Wednesday announced that the Ministry of Health will equip 1,522 ICU beds for COVID-19 patients.
“Yesterday when we had a videonconference I asked the Ministry of Health for information regarding the issue of the ICU beds. The Ministry of Health undertook to make operational, through a resilience plan, as fast as possible, new ICU beds for COVID-19 patients, up to 1,522. I also said yesterday that I believe we should reach up to 2,000 beds, but this is what we have now, in terms of information. Most of them will be made operational in Bucharest. We will have 308 ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in the first stage. Cluj County will reach 82 ICU beds, Mures 79, Iasi 77, Timis 71 ICU beds for COVID patients,” showed the PM during a conference at the Victoria Palace.
He mentioned that, if necessary, the Ilfov County Hospital will switch to a COVID regime.
“Yesterday I contacted the president of Ilfov County Council and I proposed that the county hospital switched to a COVID regime. He agreed. We will use this hospital, if we need it, as a COVID-19 dedicated hospital,” said Citu.
“Allow me to have the discussion regarding compulsory vaccination with the experts”
Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Wednesday that he must discuss in advance with the experts about the possibility of making vaccination compulsory for certain categories of staff, mentioning that he remains a supporter of the solution for the unvaccinated employees in the health field to pay for their own tests.
The clarifications were made in the context in which, on Tuesday, President Klaus Iohannis stated that the vaccination against COVID-19 will have to become mandatory for certain categories in key areas.
“The proposals must come from experts, they must not come only from us, the politicians. We cannot say compulsory vaccination. After all, we must think about what happens if we make vaccination compulsory in the medical system and there will still be persons who don’t want to get vaccinated. What will be the next steps from here? Should we fire that person? What should we do? We must think of all of these steps before making anything compulsory. This is why I supported the testing system since every patient who goes to the hospital gets tested on his/her own money. So it seems normal that the doctors too and the medical staff unless they agree to vaccinate, should get tested at their own expense, in order not to transmit the virus to the patient who got tested at his/her own expense. So allow me to have this discussion about compulsory vaccination with the experts first,” Citu said at a press conference held at the Victoria Palace.
Vaccination with the third dose starting with September 28
Prime Minister Florin Citu announced on Wednesday that a decision was made to start administering the third dose, starting with September 28, for all persons who have more than 6 months after the second dose, with any of the Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Astra Zeneca vaccines.
“Today the National Committee Coordinating Vaccination Activities (CNCAV) meeting took place, which was attended by the members of the committee together with the representatives of the institutions involved in the national vaccination campaign against COVID – Ministry of Health, National Medicines Agency, National Institute of Public Health – and we took the decision that starting September 28, the third dose should be started for all persons who have more than 6 months after the second dose with any of the Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines. The booster will be given only with RNA messenger based vaccines, regardless of the initial scheme,” Florin Citu said at Victoria Palace on Wednesday.
Compiled from Agerpres