Next year to be marked by vaccinations against Covid-19 – minister

Adam Niedzielski told Radio Zet during an interview that in order to achieve population immunity, 50-60 percent of the Polish population would have to be vaccinated, that is, about 15 million people. Paweł Supernak/PAP

Next year will be a year of vaccinations against the coronavirus, the Polish health minister has said, adding that if population resistance is achieved by the end of 2021, it will be possible to say a certain level of success has been reached.

Adam Niedzielski told Radio Zet during an interview that in order to achieve population immunity, 50-60 percent of the Polish population would have to be vaccinated, that is, about 15 million people.

"This is when we will certainly be able to start functioning under normal conditions and, from an epidemic point of view, begin to treat the coronavirus as we treat the flu, which is with us every year and also takes its toll, but does not cause the same level of chaos and the same level of uncertainty we have with the pandemic," he said.

The minister added that "after the summer holidays, we should be able to operate in normal and better conditions," although he stressed this this was an optimistic opinion.

A draft of the National Vaccination Programme against Covid-19 was published on Tuesday on the gov.pl website. According to its provisions, adults and children from the age of 12 will be vaccinated free of charge.

Opinions on the project can be submitted until December 12, and on December 15, the government plans to adopt a prepared strategy.