Arenberger: Vaccination in the center is faster than in the practice


Updates: 06.05.2021 15:29

Prague – Minister of Health Petr Arenberger (for YES) recommended to elderly patients who are waiting for vaccination against covid-19 at a general practitioner to use a large vaccination center. He said this after the government meeting. Last week, according to the chairman of the Association of General Practitioners Petr Šonka, 30,000 people over the age of 80 and 100,000 people aged 70 to 79 were waiting for the vaccine in surgeries.

According to the Minister, vaccination of the most risky groups, ie the oldest citizens, is a priority. “Probably for mobile patients, it’s really faster if they arrive or are taken to a vaccination center,” the minister said. According to him, the speed of vaccination is high in them and the deadlines are up to one week. He acknowledged that the speed was unbalanced compared to the regions.

According to Wednesday’s statement by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (for YES), general practitioners’ surgeries will receive all vaccines from the Moderna company according to Wednesday’s statement. 354,000 doses should arrive in May.

A further 28,000 doses of vaccine from AstraZeneca are expected this month. On Monday, Šonka told ČTK that they would probably not go to the practices of the practitioners, because they will need to be used to vaccinate the second doses. They are given 90 days after the first dose and should currently be given, for example, to teachers who have been vaccinated preferentially. The distributor delivers the Johnson & Johnson vaccine directly to the surgeries, which only needs to be administered once. 170,000 doses are due in May.

A total of 2.85 million doses of vaccine are to be sent to the Czech Republic in May, of which more than 2.3 million doses from Pfizer / BioNTech.

By June, the government will decide on the continuation of the Czech vaccine on covid-19

By June, the government will decide whether to continue testing and producing the Czech covid-19 vaccine. There are production facilities and technology, Minister Arenberger told a news conference after the government meeting. Experts from the State Institute of Public Health (SZÚ), the Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (ÚHKT) and the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) started working on the domestic vaccine project about a year ago. The development in the first phase cost 4.3 million crowns. The project has also earned criticism, according to some experts it does not inspire confidence and most manufacturers go the other way.

“If it were decided to do so by June, the production of its own vaccine in the Czech Republic could begin within a few months,” the minister said. According to him, clinical testing and further steps would then begin. “Vaccination would mean looking to next or next year,” he added.

The project led by MP and doctor focused on preventive cardiology Věra Adámková (ANO) started a year ago, when the Ministry of Health was led by Adam Vojtěch (for ANO). His then deputy and later successor Roman Prymula (for YES), who specializes in vaccinology, told ČTK that most of the world’s teams working on the vaccine go a different way than the Czechia. Instead of an inactivated virus, it selects microorganisms that are able to elicit an immune response and inserts the genetic information of the virus into them.

Vojtěch defended the beginning of the project by saying that it is necessary to be self-sufficient in the current situation. This was mentioned today by Minister Arenberger. In September, Prymula stated that the project would be assessed by the Czech Vaccinological Society. His successor, Minister Jan Blatný (for YES), said in March this year that the project must be further completed. According to the then statement of the chairman of the Czech Vaccinological Society, Roman Chlíbek, there is no point in continuing the project;

According to Blatný, the aim was to find out whether it is possible to develop a vaccine in the Czech Republic, which could then be handed over for commercial completion and production. The development in the first phase cost 4.3 million crowns. Up to another 250 million crowns could be available. In March, Blatný said that not even the crown had been used.


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