RIGA - Those people in Latvia that wanted to get the Covid-19 vaccine have received it already and now it is necessary to work with the undecided and hesitant part of society, Eva Juhnevica, head of the National Health Service's Vaccination Project, said in an interview with Latvian Television on Monday.
In a bid to promote vaccination against Covid-19, calls have been made to some 2,000 senior residents of Daugavpils, but just 10 percent of them agreed to take the jab. Latgale and Zemgale are still lagging behind other regions of Latvia by vaccine uptake, which means that targeted work will continue in Latgale and Zemgale to persuade more people to get immunized against the virus.
Juhnevica indicated that the vaccination of teachers will be critical for reopening schools in the fall.
Asked about the more widespread pretexts on which people refuse the jab, Juhnevica said that some have been waiting for personal invitations, others wanted more detailed explanations, while some are waiting for the fall to get vaccinated.
As for young people, they are fairly keen on getting the jab as they see it as a "way to freedom". Around one fifth of people in this age group have already been vaccinated, Juhnevica said.