Poland starts registering older seniors for Covid-19 vaccination

"So far, 127,796 senior citizens over 80 years of age have been registered for a coronavirus vaccination," Michał Dworczyk told reporters on Friday. Marcin Obara/PAP

The head of the Polish PM's office has announced that nearly 128,000 senior citizens over 80 years of age have already registered for a Covid-19 vaccination.

"So far, 127,796 senior citizens over 80 years of age have been registered for a coronavirus vaccination," Michał Dworczyk told reporters on Friday.

Dworczyk recalled that on Thursday midnight Poland had launched a central registration for senior citizens over 80 years of age. He added that it was possible to register for a coronavirus vaccination through a helpline, at a vaccination centre or through an internet patient account.

The official said that over 84,000 people phoned the helpline within 90 minutes after it launched, and that the internet site had been visited one million times.

Referring to the number of Poles willing to vaccinate, Dworczyk said that, by Friday noon, 474,000 applications had already been filed, with nearly 377,000 confirmed by their senders by means of a special link sent out by the registration system.

Dworczyk also stated that, by Thursday midnight, 4,787 vaccinating centres had already become ready to register people for a vaccination, and that over 1.5 million concrete dates from January 25 until the end of March had been made open.

"We planned around 6,000 vaccination centres and around 2 million appointments. But it turned out yesterday that some of them (...) will not be able to prepare their vaccination calendars by Thursday evening," he said.

"We believe that, by January 25, the number of vaccination centres will significantly grow, and that the number of concrete appointment slots will reach 2 million," he added.

Dworczyk also announced that an internet site presenting the course of the vaccination operation had already been launched "in order to show that the entire process is transparent."

Admitting that there were some problems with the vaccination application system after midnight, Dworczyk said that, after 1am on Friday, it was fully operational.

"(...) the registration system was working properly while a link to the application form confirming one's readiness to be vaccinated did not function properly after midnight," he said and explained it as a technical error.

"But after 1am on Friday, the vaccination application system became fully operational and has been working properly since that time," he stated, adding that "it is a large-scale IT operation."