Latvia approaching EU average regarding Covid-19 vaccination, but still ranks near bottom

  • 2021-06-04
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia still is last but one in the EU by the share of people who received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, but the vaccination pace has improved considerably, allowing Latvia to near the average indicator, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) for the time period until May 30.

Three weeks ago, ECDC reported that 13.9 percent of adult population have received the first vaccine dose, a week later this indicator rose to 19.9 percent and currently it is at least 29.2 percent. Thus, this indicator is by 15.3 percentage points higher than in Bulgaria who is in the last position in the EU by vaccination, and by 1.8 percentage points lower than in Romania that ranked third.

So far, Malta is in the first position with 65.8 percent, followed by Hungary with 62.4 percent and Iceland with 58.1 percent.

Meanwhile, in Lithuania this indicator has risen from 36.9 percent to 43 percent in a week, and in Estonia - from 37.3 percent to 45.6 percent.

The share of adult population with a completed vaccination process in Latvia is 15.7 percent, which is similar to Ireland - 16.7 percent. Bulgaria is in last place with 9.7 percent of the adult population having completed vaccination process.

In Lithuania, 24.8 percent of adult residents have received the second dose, and in Estonia - 22.7 percent.

In the EU and EEA countries, the first vaccine dose has been administered to 45.6 percent of the population, and the second dose - to 22.5 percent.