Health Ministry offers Covid vaccs to Ukrainians entering Poland

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Ukrainians fleeing the war will get free Covid vaccinations under a government programme, Adam Niedzielski, the health minister, announced on Friday.

Poland is bracing itself for a surge in refugees owing to the intensifying conflict in neighbouring Ukraine.

"We are providing Ukrainian citizens who come to our country because of the war with the broadest possible care," Niedzielski said.

"Vaccination against Covid-19 is a clear example of this. Anyone who has not benefitted from vaccination so far, and we know that there are many such people, can freely have the entire vaccination cycle in Poland. This is an expression of our concern for our closest neighbours.

"I encourage them to take advantage of vaccinations," he continued. "In order to cover as many people as possible, we have prepared questionnaires in Ukrainian. Children are provided with a doctor's health assessment before being vaccinated."

The condition for acquiring the right to be vaccinated is to be in possession of an identity document, it may be an identity card, passport or a temporary identity certificate issued to foreigners.