Opposition slams priority vaccination of prosecutors, secret services

Borys Budka said at a press conference on Tuesday that including prosecutors and secret service officers in this vaccination group is "an outrageous decision that should be changed immediately." Rafał Guz/PAP

The leader of Poland’s main opposition grouping has demanded the removal of prosecutors and secret service officers from next group to receive Covid-19 vaccinations.

Under a government regulation published last Thursday they will be included in the last phase of the next group’s vaccination process along with soldiers, police officers and the Border Guard.

Borys Budka said at a press conference on Tuesday that including prosecutors and secret service officers in this vaccination group is "an outrageous decision that should be changed immediately."

In his opinion, the most vulnerable people, including oncological patients, should be inoculated after the first group comprising medical staff.

"It is absolutely necessary to demand that Prime Minister Morawiecki changes this shocking decision,” said Budka. “It cannot be that prosecutors and secret service officers are included in the vaccination programme outside the queue. It is simply unfair."

Earlier on Tuesday, Michał Dworczyk, the head of the vaccination strategy, told the Wirtualna Polska portal that the government's intention was that people who serve a crucial role in the entire process of the state's functioning should be in the first vaccination group.