RIGA - 47% of the adult population over the age of 18 in Latvia has completed the vaccination course against Covid-19, according to the National Health Service (NSS).
To date, about 731,000 residents, or approximately 44.2 percent of the population over 12 years of age, have received at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Of these, around 636,000 people have received the second dose as well, and around 112,000 have received the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, bringing the total number of those vaccinated to 748,000 or 45.2 percent of the population over 12 years of age. Vaccines against Covid-19 are not currently available for younger children.
Infectologist Uga Dumpis wrote on social networks this morning that at least 20 percent more of the population in Latvia should be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to think about lifting all restrictions.
"Some European countries have obviously reached a vaccination rate that allows them to lift all restrictions. We need at least 20 percent more of the population to be vaccinated to reach such figures, which is why increasing vaccination coverage is so important," Dumpis stressed.
Of the 5,456 people vaccinated against Covid-19 on Wednesday, 2,736 received their first vaccine doses, and 2,720 received second doses, including 235 people who were inoculated with the singe-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
This data can still change as many vaccination institutions report their vaccination data with some delay.
An average of 5,300 people a day have been vaccinated in the first three working days of this week, roughly equivalent to the average vaccination activity in July and August, but far behind the vaccination activity in observed in the spring and early summer.