Around 3 million Poles to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by end-March

"Some 3 million people in Poland should be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of March 2021," Michał Dworczyk (R), the head of the prime minister’s office, told the health committee of the Senate, the Polish parliament’s upper house, on Monday. Paweł Supernak/PAP

About 3 million people in Poland should be vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of March, a government official has said.

Poland started a national vaccination programme at the end of December, and so far over 200,000 have been vaccinated.

"Some 3 million people in Poland should be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of March 2021," Michał Dworczyk, the head of the prime minister’s office, told the health committee of the Senate, the Polish parliament’s upper house, on Monday.

He added that registration of the “zero group” (medical staff) will continue until January 14 and that, on January 15, it will start for seniors over 70, and residents of social welfare homes from the “first group” (senior citizens over 60 years old, teachers and the uniformed services).

Dworczyk also said that Poland should have obtained 6 million vaccine doses in the first quarter of the year, and added that this number should make it possible to vaccinate around 3 million people.

"Every Monday, some 350,000 Pfizer vaccine doses arrive by plane in Poland, and this is how the situation will look, at least until the end of March," Dworczyk said.

Referring to the newly-registered Moderna vaccine, Dworczyk went on to say that 70,000 doses will be in Poland by the end of January. "And 300,000 doses in the next two months each will increase the amount to 840,000, and allow around 420,000 people to be vaccinated," he said.

The official also announced that a mass vaccination operation will be launched on January 25, and that there are over 6,000 vaccination centres in Poland, which will make it possible to vaccinate around 3.5-4.0 million people a month.

"This is the truth but the fact also is that this possibility has been limited by the vaccine availability," he explained.

Poland has been participating in an EU vaccine purchase programme and that vaccine doses have been distributed among all EU member countries, he explained.

"Being part of this mechanism, Poland has obliged itself not to buy vaccines outside the EU-adopted programme,” he said. “Unfortunately, we are aware of the fact that Germany has broken the deal. But Poland and other countries observe their obligations and the signed agreements."