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UPDATE: Warsaw hospital nurse to be first in Poland to get COVID-19 shot

24.12.2020 07:45
A nurse employed at a hospital run by the interior ministry in Warsaw will be the first person in Poland to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials have announced.
Medical professionals take care of a COVID-19 patient at the Polish interior ministrys Central Clinical Hospital in Warsaw.
Medical professionals take care of a COVID-19 patient at the Polish interior ministry's Central Clinical Hospital in Warsaw.Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański

Meanwhile, a doctor working at the same hospital will be the second in the country to get a COVID-19 shot, a spokeswoman for the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior (CSK MSWiA) in Warsaw said on Wednesday.

“Two people have already been selected for vaccination: a female nurse and a male doctor, both employed at our hospital,” Iwona Sołtys told state news agency PAP.

She added that the shots would be administered on site by healthcare professionals.

Earlier, a deputy health minister said that a number of medical professionals at that key Warsaw hospital were interested in being the first in line for the vaccine.

Nationwide, some 300,000 healthcare workers have already signed up to be inoculated as Poland prepares to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination plan after the Christmas holidays, the PAP news agency reported on Wednesday.

The first batch of coronavirus vaccines is expected to arrive in Poland on Saturday, and the first 10,000 Polish citizens are set to be inoculated a day later.

Priority will be given to healthcare staff, followed by residents in nursing homes, people over 60, police, soldiers and teachers.

Poles who are in non-priority groups will be able to sign up for COVID-19 shots from January 15, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced on Wednesday.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday recommended conditional approval for a coronavirus vaccine produced by US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech for use across the European Union.

The decision by the EU regulator was later in the day greenlighted by the bloc’s executive, the European Commission.

Poland on Wednesday reported 12,361 new coronavirus infections and 472 more deaths, bringing its total number of cases to 1,226,883 and fatalities to 26,255.

Polish officials said on Tuesday they expected nearly 600,000 coronavirus vaccines to reach their country by the first week of January.

Poland plans to spend PLN 3 billion (EUR 675m, USD 820m) on over 60 million doses of coronavirus vaccines under a national inoculation programme adopted by the government.


Source: PAP