Government appeals not to politicise vaccination campaign

Dworczyk appealed to the opposition to refrain from dragging politics into the vaccination debate, saying: "It is too important a matter for us to politicise; in this situation we should act together, and this is our appeal to all political circles in Poland.” Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

Representatives of Poland’s main political parties reached agreement on nothing more than the importance of vaccinating as many people as possible during a heated meeting with the prime minister, a senior government official has said.

"Apart from the Confederation, we all have the same goal - to vaccinate the largest possible part of the country's population as this is the only way to fight the pandemic," the head of the prime minister’s office Michał Dworczyk.

Speaking after the meeting Dworczyk added that there was no further agreement.

He also appealed to the opposition to refrain from dragging politics into the vaccination debate, saying: "It is too important a matter for us to politicise; in this situation we should act together, and this is our appeal to all political circles in Poland.”

Dworczyk added that during the meeting some politicians had demanded that the government starts talks "outside the European Union, despite an EU agreement on obtaining vaccines."

Health Minister Adam Niedzielski described the meeting as stormy, especially when it came to restrictions.

"It has to be honestly said that the positions presented were very different, not only between us and the opposition, but also different within the opposition," Niedzielski said.

He added that some opposition politicians pointed to the need to ease restrictions but there were also voices "saying that the existing regulations should be extended until mid-February."