Posts tagged as Vaccination

Latvian government okays vaccine lottery plan

Friday, July 30, 2021

The Cabinet supported the Law on the Vaccination lottery, which provides for the organization of drawing lots of money prizes by people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said at a press briefing July 30. The total amount of money allocated for the prizes is €720 000. The draft law has yet to be approved by the Saeima. It is intended that any person who has got at…

Vaccination proportion is highest among health workers in Latvia

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Data from the National Health Service’s (NVD) Vaccination project department shows that the highest percentage of vaccinated people are found in the health worker population, the department said July 28. 84% of health workers have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with at least one dose, the National Health Service (NVD) data show. The percentage of vaccinated employees and customers of social care centers amounts to 72%.  The third-highest percentage is among employees…

Weekly vaccination pace picks up slightly

Monday, July 26, 2021

Last week, unlike the previous two weeks, the pace of vaccination against Covid-19 has increased slightly in Latvia, although overall it has remained quite low, according to data compiled by the National Health Service (NVD), newswire LETA reported July 26. After a slow Midsummer week, Latvia experienced a rise in vaccination rates, while the two weeks after that showed a drop of 28% and 39%, respectively. Meanwhile, in the past week, this…

Latvia activists plan to create a new school without restrictions or mandatory vaccination

Friday, July 23, 2021

A group of sceptics and opponents of Covid-19 restrictions has decided to set up their own school where students wouldn’t have to worry about restrictions or mandatory vaccination against Covid-19, as the school would employ distance learning, Latvian Radio reported July 23. Activists plan to create their own learning content to offer to interested parties for a fee. For the time being, experts have doubts that the group will be able to…

Compulsory vaccination in Latvia: who and when?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The government has adopted new changes requiring compulsory vaccination in several sectors, and employers have the right to fire employees if they have failed to do so. The changes have yet to be decided by the Saeima. By 1 October, in health care, long-term social care and social rehabilitation institutions and in the field of education, workers who are in direct contact with patients, clients or children must present a Covid-19…

Police and firefighter vaccination likely to be compulsory

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Vaccination is likely to be compulsory also for police officers and firefighters, according to the Interior Minister, Marija Golubeva, Latvian Radio reported July 16. Although the amendments to the law on compulsory vaccination specifically highlight educational, social care and medical institutions, the obligation on state institutions to provide epidemiologically safe services means that the obligation to vaccinate will apply to a much wider range of employees. Heads of establishments will decide on…

Rīga allocates EUR 1.7 million for school vaccination rewards

Friday, July 16, 2021

The Education, Culture and Sport Committee and the Finance Committee of the Riga City Council have supported the granting of EUR 1,725,000 to motivate employees of educational institutions to vaccinate against Covid-19, LETA reported July 16. At the meeting of the committee, all members expressed their unanimous support for this idea, stating that schools will thus be encouraged to introduce cooperation principles and teamwork to decide how to use the…

Mandatory vaccination in some professions confirmed by Latvian government

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Employers will be authorized to dismiss employees in some professions who have not obtained their Covid-19 certificates by October 1, the Cabinet of Ministers decided Wednesday, July 14. The government agreed to make vaccination (or certified recovery from the virus) against Covid-19 mandatory for medics, social workers, and staff of educational establishments who come in contact with students. The decision still has to be adopted by the Saeima. Employers will also…

Around 30% of Latvian population fully vaccinated

Monday, July 5, 2021

Last week around 70,000 people were vaccinated, or an average of around 11,600 people a day. This pace is similar to the week before the Midsummer holiday. Vaccination numbers fell significantly during the festival. So far, that rate has been the highest in the week of May 24, when about 16,500 people were vaccinated on average daily. As of May 10, over 100,000 people were vaccinated each week for four consecutive…

Infectologist: Latvia needs to significantly increase vaccination pace against Covid-19

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Riga Stradins hospital infectologist, professor Uga Dumpis, in an interview with Latvian Television on June 17 said, that summer should be used to get ready for autumn, and Latvia needs to significantly increase vaccination pace against Covid-19. Dumpis said that the current vaccination reach in Latvia cannot provide protection from an outbreak of Covid-19 in the autumn. In order to avoid this, mass vaccination should be continued in the coming months.…