Czechs to offer booster vaccine to everyone after eight months
PRAGUE, August 30 (Reuters) – The Czech government will offer a COVID-19 booster vaccine from September 20 to anyone previously vaccinated, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said on Monday.
The Czech Republic, a country of 10.7 million people, was one of the countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of deaths per population, with more than 30,400 victims.
Almost 1.68 million Czechs have contracted the virus, and many more are estimated to have caught it without being tested.
The government’s coronavirus task force said on Twitter that the boosters were highly recommended for people over 60, but would also be available to anyone who had completed their previous vaccinations, either on a two-dose regimen or single dose.
The government will use the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for recalls of those who have completed a regular vaccination at least eight months earlier, Vojtech said in a news conference broadcast live on television.
On Monday, 5.73 million people received at least one injection of a two-dose vaccine, primarily from Pfizer / BioNTech, and 197,254 others received the single-dose vaccine made by Johnson and Johnson.
Separately, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Czech television that the government will offer financial bonuses to general practitioners who will convince more people over 65 to undergo initial vaccinations, in order to increase the vaccination rate. among the oldest citizens. (Report by Jan Lopatka)