Georgia to receive first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in early March instead of February

  • The Georgian government has plans to vaccinate 60 per cent of the population of 3.7 million this year. Photo: Nino Alavidze.Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 22 Feb 2021 - 15:01, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia will receive the first doses of Covid-19 vaccine in early March instead of February, Head of Infectious Diseases and AIDS Centre Tengiz Tsertsvadze said earlier today.

According to the negotiations the first doses of vaccine should already have been in Georgia, although agreements are not always strictly completed on time and the process is slightly delayed. Georgia will receive COVID-19 vaccine one or two weeks later… I do not think it will be a tragedy if the vaccination plan is implemented as well as promised”, said Tsertsvadze.

Tsertsvadze also said that in addition to the Covax (COVID-19 vaccines Global Access Facility)  platform, Georgia has already signed bilateral agreements and will receive 150,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, which may be imported in the country earlier than Pfizer vaccine, or at the same time in early March.

Tengiz Tsertsvadze said that Georgia has already selected the hospitals where the vaccination will take place.

The medical workers who will have to be involved in the vaccination process have already undergone training.

About 14,000 medical workers will receive the Pfizer vaccine once Georgia receives it.

The priority groups for the vaccination are doctors and nurses, especially those who have to take care of Covid-patients.

The Georgian government has plans to vaccinate 60 per cent of the population of 3.7 million this year.

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