“Alas, the younger the citizens, the less inclined they are to get vaccinated, which is really bad,” PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday, adding that the way 40-year-olds went through COVID-19 was often severe and that they often acted as transmission belts for further infections.
“Our young citizens, youth, 40-year-olds, all of them fall very badly ill with COVID-19, at times in a fatal way, and they are also spreaders, transmission belts, if one wills, for further infections. Whereas we, meanwhile, must break this vicious circle of infections, that is why I hope we would be able, and very soon as well, to improve the accessibility of our vaccination process as new information from vaccine producers continue to reach us,” the PM said during his visit at a vaccination point in Skierniewice, central Poland.
The PM expressed his “great hope that we reached a turning point today.” He added that “depending on the availability of vaccines, another five to six million people will be vaccinated by the end of April.”
The official then pointed out that “we have got around 4.6 mln 50-59-year-olds citizens. According to data that we continue to receive from vaccine producers, if the schedule is met, around half of that group will be vaccinated by mid-May. Then we would be able to move onto younger citizens and thus we would accelerate the patient registration process.”
He went on to say that with the vaccine deliveries, a very large part of the population can be vaccinated by the end of Q2 or even May. “By then the struggle against COVID-19 in Poland would have significantly improved,” he stressed.
The PM also said that he would press the European Commission again for a substantial supply of vaccines for Poland.
“In 40 minutes I will speak with [EC head] Ursula von der Leyen, and ask her for COVID-19 vaccine supplies to Poland to be as large as possible,” Mr Morawiecki declared on Thursday.
As of Thursday, a total of 7,000,072 people have been vaccinated so far in Poland, including 4,909,987 who have received one dose and 2,090,085 who have been inoculated twice.