Poland approves National Vaccination Programme
The government at its cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved the National Vaccination Programme, the prime minister announced.
Mateusz Morawiecki, addressing a press conference, added that Poland had ordered 60 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from six suppliers.
"We have contracted over 60 million doses from six companies that were the first to submit their documentation for approval to relevant medical agencies," said the prime minister.
"This is a very important moment, when Europe starts its counteroffensive. Today we can say that we are joining the group of countries within the EU that will start the vaccination process in January," said Morawiecki.
According to the prime minister, the government has reserved nearly PLN 3 billion (EUR 680 million) necessary to carry out the nationwide vaccination campaign.
Morawiecki repeated that the National Vaccination Programme assumes that vaccines will be free of charge and that vaccination is to be voluntary.
The government's commissioner for the National Vaccination Programme said that healthcare workers will be first in line for the programme's "zero stage."
Vaccinations against Covid-19 will take place in 500 designated hospitals, Michal Dworczyk said.
He added that in "stage one" seniors over the age of 60, the uniformed services and teachers will be vaccinated.
Dworczyk also said that the nationwide programme will involve local governments, and that it will come with a compensation fund for people who develop adverse vaccination reactions. A bill on the fund will be drawn in the coming days, he added.
The government was due to launch a website dedicated to vaccinations against Covid-19 on Tuesday and, on Wednesday, a hotline through which everyone, as of January 15, will be able to arrange appointments for a vaccination.
The prime minister appealed to Poles to limit their mobility during the Christmas season. He also quoted doctors' opinions that January and February are more dangerous in terms of virus spread than October and November. "Keeping that in mind, let us treat Christmas in a special way: let's stay with our close families to defeat the virus," he said.