Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said the government aims to extend the vaccination incentive programme, which allows people over the age of 50 to get a 200 GEL reward after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, adding “all vaccines available today should be used.”
He also noted that the “threat is still high” despite the fact that the infection with the Omicron variant of coronavirus appears to be less severe.
The risk is high, especially for the elderly and those with chronic diseases, so it is necessary to focus more on these groups and conduct incentive campaigns above the age of 50,” said Garibashvili.
He once again called on the Georgian citizens to get vaccinated, noting “we want to expand vaccination and to begin more actively and intensive vaccination process in the regions and villages.”
A total of 1,532 cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in the country as of January 24 while overall 77,049 remain infected with coronavirus in Georgia out of which 4,618 patients are undergoing treatment in hospitals as of today.
1,318,977 individuals have received at least one dose of any vaccine in the country so far, while 1,207,407 people have been fully vaccinated amounting to 42% of the adult population.