VILNIUS – Lithuania's Health Ministry said on Monday it had updated the existing COVID-19 vaccination plan and now plans to start mass vaccination of people in the spring.
The plan was revised taking into account the vaccine delivery plans presented by AstraZeneca, BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna.
"If the vaccine manufacturers ensure stable vaccine deliveries, under the updated vaccination plan, the vaccination of all people over 65 will start in the first quarter of this year and mass vaccination will start in the spring," the ministry said.
The ministry plans to update the plan, taking into account the amount of delivered vaccines.
Under the plan, besides the already vaccinated groups, kindergarten workers, special needs specialists, cancer patients, HIV infected people and people over 75 will be further vaccinated in February.
Moreover, pharmacy workers, healthcare workers who do not come in contact with COVID-19 patients as well as troops, intelligence officers and participants of military or international operations will receive the second vaccine doze.
The vaccination of people over 65 and those having chronic diseases will start in March, and mass vaccination of people should be started in April.