Poland to vaccinate over-60s and chronically ill from March - official

Deputy Health Minister Anna Goławska (R) presented a special procedure for the chronically ill, involving an automatically generated electronic referral done by the National Health Fund (NFZ). Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Covid-19 vaccination registrations for the chronically ill in Poland will start on March 10 and from March 11 people born in 1952 will be able to register for a jab, a government official announced on Thursday.

Michał Dworczyk, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, told a press conference the chronically ill should start to receive vaccination shots on March 15. He said the three priority groups were cancer patients, those on dialysis and patients on ventilators.

Patients awaiting transplants and those with cancer that have received a diagnosis but have yet to start treatment will be added to this group.

Deputy Health Minister Anna Goławska presented a special procedure for the chronically ill, involving an automatically generated electronic referral done by the National Health Fund (NFZ).

According to her, patients could find out whether they had received a referral either from their Internet Patient Account or by contacting their doctor.

Goławska said dialysis patients would not have to register through the normal procedure but would be vaccinated at the dialysis station, and cancer patients either in hospital or receiving chemotherapy would be vaccinated at the oncology centre. The remaining patients can make an appointment through the regular procedure.

People of 69 years of age, i.e. born in 1952, can start to register for the anti-Covid-19 jabs on March 11, Dworczyk announced.

Between March 18 and March 20, registration will commence for those born between 1952 and 1954. Those born between 1954 and 1956 will be able to register for vaccinations from March 22 to March 24, he said.

Dworczyk added that all Poland's teachers should have received their vaccinations by March 14. He said 90 percent of teachers will have been inoculated by March 7 - from primary and middle schools as well as academic lecturers.

He also said that on Monday March 8, additional vaccinations would start for the so-called 'zero group' comprising health service personnel and the uniformed services.

"We would like for all those people in the group zero who have not yet had the vaccine, to receive shots by March 21," he said and added that they will be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.