PM to press EU for more vaccines

Morawiecki said his government was planning to install at least one large vaccination centre in every Polish province, to be located in either a gym, school or fire station. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Poland's prime minister said on Thursday that he will again press the European Commission for a substantial supply of vaccines for Poland.

"I will speak with (EC head - PAP) Ursula von der Leyen, and ask her for Covid-19 vaccine supplies to Poland to be as big as possible," Mateusz Morawiecki said in Skierniewice, central Poland.

The prime minister also said that each Polish county will have at least one large vaccination point and that they will be located, for example, in sports halls, schools and fire stations. He stated that the government will provide funding for the vaccination process and the purchase of vaccines.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the government commissioner for the vaccination programme, Michał Dworczyk, visited a vaccination point in Skierniewice, central Poland.

"The government is also creating new vaccination points ahead of additional vaccines that are to come," said Morawiecki.

Morawiecki said Poland expects to receive even nine million vaccine doses in May. The delivery of 5.5 million doses in April has been already confirmed. "We are waiting the confirmation of further 1.5 million doses," he said.

Michał Dworczyk added that Poland is to receive its first shipments of Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the end of April. They will be primarily used by mobile vaccination points.

"After April 18 to the end of the month, we expect two shipments of over 300,000 doses," said Dworczyk.

Poland has so far carried out over 7 million vaccinations, and over 2 million Poles have received both doses of the two-phase vaccine.

The daily average of number of vaccinated persons is now over 201,000.