Over 14,000 Poles vaccinated - health minister

The government started a national vaccination programme on December 27, with health-service workers amongst the first to be protected against the virus. Grzegorz Momot/PAP

More than 14,000 Poles have already been vaccinated against Covid-19, the health minister said on Wednesday.

The government started a national vaccination programme on December 27, with health-service workers amongst the first to be protected against the virus.

"The report I received on Tuesday at 6.30 pm shows that the number of people who were given the first dose of the vaccine exceeded 14,000," Adam Niedzielski told the TOK FM private radio broadcaster.

He said that on January 4 or 5 the health ministry will launch a website with data on vaccinations performed nationwide to be updated on a daily basis.

Asked if he supported compulsory vaccinations for selected groups, Niedzielski said: "For now, such a scenario is not being considered."

Niedzielski also said that a government-sponsored campaign promoting Covid-19 vaccinations under the National Vaccination Programme has already worked with the percentage of people willing to get a shot rising from 37 percent to 47 percent over a month.