Polish PM’s Office outlines COVID-19 vaccination programme

By the end of this year Poland will receive 300,000 doses of the anti-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus vaccine, after which a further 300,000 vaccines will arrive on a weekly basis, Michał Dworczyk, the head of the prime minister’s office (KPRM) said. The Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki said that he wants the vaccination coverage in Poland to clearly exceed 50 percent in the coming months.

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”We are after this great test, which was taking delivery of the first transport and the vaccination of 10,000 people can begin,” Mr Dworczyk, who is also the government plenipotentiary for the vaccination programme, told a press conference.

He announced that by the end of this year 300,000 doses of vaccine will have arrived in Poland. “Then, on a weekly basis there will be 300,000 doses delivered to Poland and, as other companies register their products, this number will continue to increase,” he declared.

Mr Dworczyk explained that, unlike the first transport of 10,000 vaccines that reached Poland by road, subsequent transports will arrive in Warsaw by aeroplane. The vaccines will be taken to the Material Reserves Agency from where they will be transferred by pharmaceutical wholesalers to 509 nodal hospitals.

“After the completion of ‘group zero’ vaccinations, we will start vaccinating not only in these 509 hospitals but in total there will be over 9,000 teams working in every municipality throughout Poland, which will vaccinate Poles,” he said.

The head of the PM’s office added that ‘group one’ vaccinations, including senior citizens, teachers and the uniformed services, are expected to commence in the second half of January, although he pointed out that “on the other hand, we are very careful with specifying specific dates, because there are some variables that we, as a government, have no influence over.”

He noted that the vaccination system currently in preparation should be fully operational from January 15, at that point in time a helpline will also be in place to enable registration, and all vaccination points throughout the country will also be operational.

Dworczyk also announced that another TV spot informing and encouraging vaccinations will start on Sunday, and a billboard campaign will start on Monday. Every day there will be new elements that will serve one purpose, to provide reliable information to every Pole about the vaccine and the vaccination process.

“And as a consequence, this will convince us as a society that only vaccination can give hope and the possibility of returning to the normality we remember from before the pandemic, Mr Dworczyk said.

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PM: Poland is prepared logistically to exceed 50 percent of vaccination coverage

“I want the vaccination coverage in Poland to clearly exceed 50 percent in the coming months. From the logistical point of view we are prepared for this, and I hope that the overwhelming majority of Poles, who can be vaccinated, will decide to do so,” PM Morawiecki said.

Asked whether the government wanted to link the “vaccination turnout” with plans to ease pandemic restrictions, the PM said that a successful vaccination operation would surely make it possible to open particular branches of the economy faster.

The prime minister also said that, according to experts, the vaccine efficacy threshold is 30 percent.

“This is still too little to combat the pandemic in a big population, but it is quite a lot. Another 5, 10 percent will improve the situation,” he said, repeating that he wanted the vaccination coverage in Poland to clearly exceed 50 percent in the coming months.

The first batch of 10,000 Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccines arrived in Poland on Saturday. Seventy-two nodal hospitals across Poland started vaccinating their staff on Sunday.