The Czech Republic opens vaccination against COVID-19 for people over 40 years of age

The Czech Republic has opened vaccination against COVID-19 for people over 40 years of age who can request an appointment on Sunday and during the day from midnight.

So far, this age group, more than 923,000 people in the Czech Republic, could only receive the injection if they were involved in education, health, social services, critical infrastructure or suffered from chronic illnesses.

The “online” system for booking an appointment to receive the vaccine has declined due to high demand, but the technical issues have already been resolved and the website is functioning normally, the DPA news agency reported.

The Czech Republic opens vaccination against COVID-19 for people over 40 years of age
The Czech Republic opens vaccination against COVID-19 for people over 40 years of age

As Czech Health Minister Petr Arenberger detailed, the next phase of the vaccination schedule for the disease in the country will include people between the ages of 16 and 40, the CT 24 chain reported. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said she had made progress that the option to get the vaccine for these people should be available from June 1st.

Despite the fact that eligibility to receive the vaccine has increased in the Czech Republic, there are still more than 100,000 elderly people waiting for an appointment to receive the vaccine from their family doctor. Mass vaccination centers are only available in the country’s major cities, while small communities rely on local health workers to drive the vaccination campaign forward.

To date, the Czech Republic, one of the worst-hit countries in Europe by the pandemic, has administered more than 4.1 million vaccines against COVID-19, with more than one million of its nearly 11 million residents having fully completed the directive.

The Czech health authorities have recorded more than 1.6 million infections and almost 30,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in connection with the improvement of the epidemiological situation in the country. This improvement has allowed the terraces to reopen this Monday to people with negative diagnostic tests, who have been vaccinated or who have passed the disease.

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