Ukraine has only recently allowed a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but almost 100,000 people have already received their third vaccination. This was discussed at a conference call on combating the spread of COVID-19 chaired by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
In general, the rate of vaccination is increasing compared to the holiday week. According to the Ministry of Health, 552,000 people were vaccinated last week, and 29.37 million have been vaccinated since the start of the vaccination campaign. Vaccination covered 15 million Ukrainians, of whom 14.28 million received two doses.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed the importance of carrying out clear explanatory work among citizens on the need for booster vaccination. Today almost 100 thousand Ukrainians have received the third vaccination.
Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko also said that mobile vaccination teams had started working in rural areas, and a modular vaccination center had been set up at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint on the delimitation line.
The Head of State noted that such a center should be set up at the Novotroitske checkpoint in the Donetsk region.
At the same time, according to the Cabinet of Ministers, last week there was a sharp increase in the number of new patients with COVID-19 - the weekly number of detected cases has almost doubled: 55 thousand last week against 28 thousand the week before.
The number of active patients increased to 105 thousand (from 93 thousand people a week earlier). Almost 11,000 citizens were hospitalized.
Due to the excess of the number of identified patients, the Ivano-Frankivsk and Sumy regions are currently in the "orange" zone of epidemic danger. The rest of Ukraine's regions are in the "yellow" zone, the Cabinet of Ministers informed.
According to the forecasts, a further increase in the number of sick is expected, just like in other countries, including European ones.
In addition, government officials reported that the Cabinet of Ministers will soon decide on the possibility of using funds under the eSupport program by vaccinated persons over the age of 60.
The Ministry of Education and Science has made proposals to extend the program to children aged 14-18. In particular, it will be possible to use these funds for extracurricular education. A decision on such an opportunity for children aged 12-14 is also being considered.