There was a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines on the first day. The Ministry of Health responds

There was a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines on the first day.  The Ministry of Health responds

There was a shortage of vaccines against the new COVID-19 variant at the very beginning of the latest round of vaccinations. However, the Ministry of Health reassures us and provides the date of delivery of the next tranche and the possibility of placing orders.

Yesterday (December 6, 2023), the announced vaccinations against the new COVID-19 variant began. Patients can be vaccinated with the Nuvaxovid vaccine, which protects against the latest variant of the coronavirus – XBB.1.5, i.e. the so-called Kraken. On the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, referrals were automatically issued. However, it turns out that there were shortages of vaccines on the first day of the new round of vaccinations. The whole matter was commented on by the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health responded to the lack of vaccines

A few hours after starting vaccination with the new vaccine, pharmacists began to alarm that they could not order further preparations from pharmaceutical wholesalers. Posts on this topic appeared, among others, on social media. It didn’t take long for the Ministry of Health to respond to pharmacists’ reports. The Ministry of Health also announced via social media that on December 7, 2023 (Thursday), the Government Agency for Strategic Reserves (RARS) will accept further orders for vaccines against COVID-19 (Nuvaxovid). The next delivery of the next tranche of vaccines is also scheduled to take place on that day.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Iwona Kania told the Polish Press Agency that 210,000 vaccines have arrived in our country so far, and another 200,000 will arrive at the end of next week. She also emphasized that this number was sufficient and added that “everything is under control.”

Other problems with new COVID-19 vaccines

Everyone has been waiting for many weeks for vaccinations to start with the new COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to confusion about the availability of vaccines, there were also problems with the validity of information about vaccination points in Poland. This is due to the outdated list of facilities, which causes confusion for both patients and doctors (some facilities do not exist, and some offer previous versions of the vaccine).

Another confusion results from the change of the patient hotline number (the old one only works for less than two weeks). The new number is: +48 800 100 101 (the hotline is open every day from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.).

Who can get vaccinated against COVID-19?

Vaccinations against the new coronavirus variant are available completely voluntary and free of charge. Any willing person who is over 12 years old and has not previously been vaccinated against COVID-19 or at least 6 months have passed since the previous vaccination can be vaccinated. Check how to sign up for vaccination against COVID-19.

Additionally, the Ministry of Health recommends taking the vaccine to people from the risk group, i.e.:

  • people over 60 years of age,

  • people over 12 years of age with immunodeficiencies or comorbidities that increase the risk of severe COVID-19,

  • health care workers who have direct contact with a patient or infectious material.

Those who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 should receive two doses of the vaccine three weeks apart.

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