Karins assumes that it might be possible to organize in-person queues for Covid-19 vaccination

  • 2021-04-06
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told the press after the cooperation council meeting to day that organization of in-person queues for Covid-19 vaccination might be possible.

Asked about what to do if a registered person has not arrived for vaccination, Karins said that this issue has been discussed with the health minister, and one of the possibilities was to open a new priority group of persons over the age of 60, which has been done already.

Another possibility discussed by politicians is organization of in-person queues. The Health Ministry now has to decide how to technically do it.

Also, President Egils Levits said earlier that it is extremely important that the process of vaccination against Covid-19 does not stop, therefore it is necessary to introduce in-person queues.

Regarding the introduction of in-person queues at vaccination points, Levits noted that in addition to the priority groups that are to be vaccinated, the vaccination system should also provide for the introduction of a "live queue" in cases where people do not arrive on time. The president emphasized that neither time nor vaccine doses should be lost because someone failed to arrive for vaccination.

"In-person queues mean that people wait in line and if there are any more vaccines left or someone has not arrived, those standing in line can get vaccinated. This is also the practice in other countries. We too need a flexible vaccination process approach," the President told reporters.