Lithuania's coronavirus testing hotline to handle vaccination appointments

  • 2021-04-28
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania's 1808 coronavirus testing registration hotline is doubling its capacity to be able to handle COVID-19 vaccination appointments starting next month. 

"We are planning to start working at full capacity from mid-May," Nerijus Mikelionis, the head of Kaunas Ambulance Station which administers the 1808 hotline service, told BNS on Wednesday.

"We hope that most people will book their vaccination appointments online and only a small part of them will call the 1808 vaccination line," he added. 

The 1808 call center, which currently has a staff of 120 people, is hiring another 120 employees to handle the increased workload, according to the director. 

The service is currently taking appointments for coronavirus testing by phone and online. This function will not be affected when the registration for vaccinations begins, he said.