Vaccination of 15 million Poles possible by autumn - health minister

The minister said that it will be possible to return to "normal life" when some 50-60 percent of adults are vaccinated, and "in the case of Poland this means approximately 15 million people," he said. Piotr Nowak/PAP

Some 15 million Poles need to be vaccinated to achieve a "population immunity effect," the minister of health said on Tuesday.

Adam Niedzielski told the Radio Zet private broadcaster that such a level will most likely be achieved in the autumn of 2021.

The minister said that it will be possible to return to "normal life" when some 50-60 percent of adults are vaccinated, and "in the case of Poland this means approximately 15 million people," he said. "I think the autumn is a likely. We could do it, but it is a very ambitious goal."

Niedzielski added that achieving this level depends not only on the efficiency of Poland's health system, but also on the deliveries of vaccines. "For now, we have one vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency," said the minister.

A nationwide vaccination campaign against Covid-19 began in Poland on Sunday.