Poland is third in EU with regard to number of vaccinated persons - MP

"Looking at other EU states, Poland is the third country as far as the number of vaccinated persons is concerned. Everything is going in the best possible direction," Tomasz Latos, a Law and Justice MP and head of the Sejm (lower house) health committee, told reporters on Tuesday. Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

A ruling party MP has said that Poland places third in the EU as far as the number of people vaccinated against the coronavirus is concerned.

"Looking at other EU states, Poland is the third country as far as the number of vaccinated persons is concerned. Everything is going in the best possible direction," Tomasz Latos, a Law and Justice MP and head of the Sejm (lower house) health committee, told reporters on Tuesday.

"What we have to do now is to jointly appeal to Poles to register, to get vaccinated, and to observe the division into groups," he went on to say.

An opposition MP demanded that a million people a week should be vaccinated, the decentralisation of the entire vaccination system and a clear vaccination calendar. Addressing a press conference, Borys Budka, the leader of the Civic Platform (PO), said that herd immunity was the most important thing to be achieved, and that the only way to reach this goal was to carry out a broad-scale vaccination programme.

"In order to achieve herd immunity by the summer holidays, it is necessary to vaccinate one million people a week in Poland," Budka stated.

Summing up the Tuesday meeting of the health committee, Michał Dworczyk, the head of the PM's Office, said that by the end of next week, nearly 450,000 persons from the so called zero group (medical staff - PAP) should already be vaccinated.