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Over 2.7 million COVID-19 shots administered in Poland: gov't data

22.02.2021 12:05
A total of 2,715,159 COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered in Poland so far, including 14,973 over the last 24 hours, officials announced on Monday.
A COVID-19 vaccination site in the southern Polish city of Sosnowiec.
A COVID-19 vaccination site in the southern Polish city of Sosnowiec.Photo: PAP/Andrzej Grygiel

Public health authorities said that 2,614 adverse reactions had been reported among those who received the vaccines by Monday morning.

Meanwhile, a total of 4,342 doses have been wasted in the rollout, according to the Polish health ministry.

As of Monday, Poland had injected more than 1.78 million first doses, while almost 930,000 people have received a second shot, health ministry data showed.

Poland on Monday reported 3,890 new coronavirus infections and 17 more deaths, bringing its total number of cases during the pandemic to 1,642,658 and fatalities to 42,188.

The government last week announced a plan to roll out 16 mobile COVID-19 vaccination units to supplement a network of around 6,000 stationary inoculation centres.

The Polish prime minister’s chief of staff, Michał Dworczyk, who is in charge of the national immunization campaign, has told reporters that the top priority is to vaccinate as many Poles as possible within the shortest possible time.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced in December that his government had secured vaccines for the Polish population from six leading international drug makers.

Dworczyk said this month that the country had ordered almost 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in total, enough to inoculate 58 million people, more than its population of around 38 million.

Michał Dworczyk, the official in charge of Poland's COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Michał Dworczyk, the man in charge of Poland's COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Photo: PAP/Łukasz Gągulski

The European Union, of which Poland is part, has struck deals to secure vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZenecaModernaCureVacSanofi-GSK, and Johnson & Johnson.

Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said this month that around 6.7 million coronavirus vaccine doses were expected to reach Poland by the end of March, including 4.8 million from Pfizer/BioNTech, 1.15 million from AstraZeneca, and 744,000 from Moderna.

Poland's Health Minister Adam Niedzielski speaks during a press conference on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Poland's Health Minister Adam Niedzielski speaks during a press conference this month. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

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Source: IAR, gov.pl