About 14,000 individuals have been selected in Georgia to be vaccinated for coronavirus in the first stage and all of them are medical workers, announces Head of the National Disease Control Centre Amiran Gamkrelidze.
Vaccination will take place in the capital city of Tbilisi, the Black Sea resort town of Batumi and the western Georgian city of Kutaisi.
The first limited dose is for about 14,000 medical workers, including doctors, nurses, and junior medical workers. Vaccination is voluntary and we think to have a list of people who wish to be vaccinated by the time the vaccine comes in Georgia", said Gamkrelidze.
Deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia said that the Georgian State Regulation Agency for Medical Activities had selected nine institutions to vaccinate with Pfizer across the country.
She said that the process of selecting the institutions continues and the goal is to have about 15 facilities identified so that the vaccination process can be completed as soon as the vaccine arrives in the country.
Gamkrelidze said that training of 40 brigades will start tomorrow. Each brigade must vaccinate 42 people a day.
Georgia will receive about 180,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in mid-March which will be given to the rest of the medical workers and then to the elderly and their caregivers.
After that people above 75 years, 65 years will be vaccinated in Georgia", said Gamkrelidze.
Gabunia said that the plan now is to vaccinate people over 18 years. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.
Gabunia said that the Pfizer vaccine is recommended for individuals over 19 years of age, while AstraZeneca vaccine is recommended for individuals over 16 years of age. She added that the plan now is to vaccinate people over 18 years, including those who already recovered from Covid-19 infection.
No matter if you have already been infected with the virus or not - everyone should be vaccinated. But according to our protocol, the period from confirmation of Covid-19 to vaccination should be three months. We will not offer vaccination to people who were recovered from Covid-19 three months ago, they will have to get vaccinated somewhere in the second, third quarter of the year", Gabunia said.
Gabunia said that the rate of the population who wants to be vaccinated varies from 40%-47%.
Distrust of the vaccine is one of the first problems facing every country today. 40% is not a desirable figure. We will start the information campaign along with the vaccination process and expect more people will be optimistic about the vaccination", Gabunia said.
She said that the informative campaign will start in the end of February or in the first half of March.