Ukraine will have enough COVID-19 vaccines for a full vaccination cycle and booster doses.
“There will certainly be enough vaccines. Ukraine has contracts for the supply of 25 million Pfizer doses and 6.5 million CoronaVac doses in 2022. An additional 10 million doses are to be received under Covax assistance. This amount should be enough to administer vaccines to unvaccinated people and provide them with a booster dose, “Ukraine’s Deputy Health Minister, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ihor Kuzin, said in an interview with BBC News Ukraine.
He noted that a booster dose, as recommended, is given by the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines.
The Department of Health also estimates that between 300,000 and 400,000 people will receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines in the near future.
“We expect 300,000 to 400,000 people [to receive booster shot]. And the focus will be on critical infrastructure and healthcare workers, as these areas are crucial in the midst of epidemics. These numbers and this coverage will allow hospitals and critical infrastructure to function as staff will be protected, ”Kuzin said.
Since January 6, when the Ministry of Health announced the COVID-19 vaccine booster campaign, around 20,000 people have been vaccinated.
Kuzin noted that according to research, almost 60% of Ukrainians understand the need for vaccination. But some of them, he said, are postponing the fire.
As reported, the Ministry of Health plans to vaccinate at least 70% of Ukraine’s adult population against COVID-19 in 2022.