Czech health workers throw AstraZeneca jabs – EURACTIV.com
Czech healthcare workers have thrown away more than 14,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine over the past month as interest in the vaccine continued to wane.
AstraZeneca has been distributed to general practitioners, but patients do not wish to be vaccinated with the British-Swedish vaccine and instead prefer to be vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna.
“There was simply no interest in the AstraZeneca vaccine. We were told to keep these vaccines and see what to do next depending on the situation, ”regional immunization coordinator Robin Šín told Czech radio Radiožurnál.
In June, the country’s health ministry recommended that the AstraZeneca vaccine be given only to people over 65 – a move that doctors say has discouraged people from receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The alternatives of Pfizer and Moderna – which are currently very accessible – are in any case more popular with the public.
To ensure that the vaccines do not expire, a special database called “Save the vaccine” has been launched. It allows general practitioners to publicize which vaccines are available and which are about to expire.
The Czech government has already confirmed that it will donate all doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine delivered over the summer. More than 200,000 have already been sent to Asian countries. AstraZeneca vaccines already ordered and which should arrive in Czechia in the coming months will also be donated. (Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)