Health ministry encourages vaccination as fifth Covid wave recedes

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A Polish health ministry spokesperson has said that although the country is coming out of the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, vaccinations remains important.

Daily infection rates have fallen from above 50,000 at the start of February to under 24,000 on February 18.

"Although we are coming out of the fifth wave of the epidemic, vaccinations are still very important," Wojciech Andrusiewicz told a press briefing on Friday. "If we observe that we have ever more children vaccinated - over a million children aged 12-17 and around 600,000 children aged five-11 - we also see that the indicator of child infections is falling."

The health ministry spokesperson said that in mid-January, 20 percent of all reported Covid-19 infections were among children.

"Today, after the progressive vaccination process, which of course could be quicker, we observe that the share of children in the infected group has fallen below 15 percent," Andrusiewicz continued. "This is the result of vaccinations - fewer children infected, fewer children sick, fewer children going into hospital."

He added that post-Covid complications in children could be particularly severe.

"So even though we're coming out of the fifth wave, I sincerely encourage, like the health minister, (people) to make use of vaccines," he said. "Let's remember that if we are vaccinated, coronavirus complications are less threatening."