Lithuania to roll out vaccination on Sunday morning

Lithuania plans to launch vaccination against Covid-19 in five hospitals at 8:00 on Sunday, December 27, simultaneously, Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys has said.

“Today we had the final rehearsal with our five coordination centres – five biggest hospitals in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys. We had a discussion and agreed on a common goal – to launch vaccination in all the five centres simultaneously at 8 am sharp, which would be a certain symbolic step from the very morning and all together,” he said at a government meeting on Wednesday.

The precise timing was agreed in order to avoid competition between various healthcare institutions, the minister explained.

The first batch of vaccines will be delivered to Lithuania on December 26, Dulkys said. The mode, time and place of the delivery have not been disclosed.

“We all really feel well-prepared,” he added.

Dulkys reiterated that medical workers would be the first in line to be inoculated, followed by staff and patients of care institutions. Those groups are expected to be vaccinated in January–February, depending on the vaccine procurement schedule.


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