Updates: 16.01.2021 19:45
Prague – The start of coronavirus vaccination for people over the age of 80 who can register for vaccination from Friday has slowed down technical problems in some hospitals today. According to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES), however, they are resolved and the registration system works well. So far, more than 105,000 people have been vaccinated in the Czech Republic, and the process may slow down the expected reduction in vaccine supply. There were fewer infected on Friday than a week ago, Babiš still assumes that the government will ask the Chamber of Deputies to extend the state of emergency on Monday. In the Czech Republic, the occurrence of a more contagious so-called British coronavirus mutation is suspected.
The Ostrava University Hospital could not start vaccinating seniors in the morning due to problems in the reservation system. Complications also occurred at the University Hospital in Motol in Prague, where booking data was temporarily unavailable to healthcare professionals. They also had problems in Liberec from Friday, according to the statements of hospital representatives. “The problem was on the side of these hospitals, not on the side of the central reservation system, and these problems have been solved,” Babiš said.
The registration system for vaccinating people over the age of 80, which had technical problems even when it was launched on Friday morning, works well, according to the prime minister. Therefore, he will propose to the government commissioner for IT Vladimír Dzurilla to President Miloš Zeman for a state award, he said.
Based on the reservation, 1671 people were vaccinated, Babiš said in the afternoon. Almost 28,000 seniors over the age of 80 have a date for vaccination, and more than 137,000 have registered for vaccination, Dzurilla said in the evening. According to him, the operators handled 12,257 calls on the 1221 telephone line on Friday, today there were 2,300 fewer calls. With the help of a telephone operator, 13,695 seniors over the age of 80 have booked their vaccinations via the central system in these two days. There are about 441,000 of them living in the Czech Republic. So far, a total of 105,167 people have been vaccinated against coronavirus; in addition to registered seniors, the vaccine is also given to health professionals and clients of nursing homes. More than 169,000 doses have arrived in the Czech Republic since the end of December, when vaccination began.
According to the prime minister, the state is waiting for clarification from the vaccine supplier, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, how deliveries will be cut next week. According to current information, approximately 93,600 vaccines are to arrive in the Czech Republic next week at 31 vaccination sites, and deliveries are to be reduced by 40 to 50 percent, Babiš said. Pfizer plans to reduce supplies to Europe so that it can work to increase production capacity.
“If there are fewer supplies, it will have an impact and we will simply not be able to vaccinate as many people as we had planned,” Babiš said. According to current plans, vaccination of people from priority groups, of which there are about 600,000, was to be completed in March at the latest. According to the Prime Minister, vaccines from the Moderna company are also delayed. Regarding the complaints of the Karlovy Vary region that due to the lack of vaccines it cannot start vaccinating seniors over the age of 80, Babiš stated that the region does not communicate with the government. In the Moravian-Silesian Region, due to the different form of birth number, Czech citizens of Polish nationality have a problem with registration for vaccination.
On Friday, the number of new cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic increased by almost a third less than a week ago, there were 9230. However, the share of cases in the number of tests performed increased to 30 percent. The number of hospitalized has dropped below 7,000 after four days, of which approximately 1,100 are in serious condition. Almost 150,000 are currently infected, more than 150 deaths from covid-19 are increasing daily, and there have been more than 14,200 since the beginning of the spread in the Czech Republic.
The index of the anti-epidemic system PES, with the use of which measures against coronavirus are managed in the Czech Republic, has remained at 72 points out of 100 to date. The third day in a row is in the fourth degree. According to the government’s decision, the fifth degree of measures is still in force in the country, and the Ministry of Health does not plan to mitigate it next week. In addition, on Monday, the government will ask the Chamber of Deputies to extend the state of emergency by another 30 days, Babiš assumes. The state of emergency in the Czech Republic has lasted since October 5 last year, and is currently valid until January 22. Today, dozens of people protested against government restrictions and the PES system in front of the house of the Minister of Health Jan Blatný (for YES) in the Brno region.
The State Institute of Public Health (SZÚ) reported today on the suspicion of the occurrence of the so-called British coronavirus mutation in the Czech Republic. The possible number of detected cases is not yet clear. The National Reference Laboratory stated that at the beginning of the week it received ten materials from the laboratory of the Hospital in Bulovka for processing, which had characteristics corresponding to the British mutation. “The results will be available next week,” the EAA said.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Transport Karel Havlíček (for YES) announced today that taxi services will be able to draw compensation of 500 crowns per taxi driver for a day when their operation was fundamentally limited during an emergency. After negotiations with Havlíček, the Association of Czech Taxi Drivers dropped Sunday’s protest in Průhonice, where Babiš lives.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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