Soldiers on Covid frontline to get priority vaccination - MoD

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Soldiers involved directly in the battle against the pandemic will be get a Covid vaccination, Poland's defence minister announced on Thursday.

Speaking at the Military Medical Academy in Warsaw, Mariusz Blaszczak said 20,000 Polish soldiers would be vaccinated on Thursday, adding that every day more than 7,000 soldiers assist the civilian health service in fighting the pandemic with a further 10,000 standing ready to help.

"We're starting vaccinations with people whose service is the most important, is connected with a risk of infection..., who help in taking care of the infected," the minister said.

He added that 16,000 soldiers have already been infected with coronavirus. "We are aware that the infection is a threat," he said. "We are aware that the best solution is vaccinating as many parts of the population as possible, and that is especially important in the case of soldiers."

He added that the military medical service is ready to vaccinate all soldiers