From January 15, people of 80 years and older will be able to register themselves for COVID-19 vaccination, for the rest of the Czech population, it will open from February 1.
Vaccination will be “voluntary and free” and it is planned for over 5.5 million people or 60-70% of the total Czech population of 10.7 million (according to June 2020 data from the Czech Statistical Office).
The dates of vaccination will be distributed automatically – priority will be given to people with chronic diseases (for example, diabetes, obesity, lung or kidney disease).
In the second phase, will be vaccinated government members, general practitioners, dentists, pharmacists, and state emergency services (firefighters, police, etc.).
According to the forecast of the Ministry of Health, vaccination of the general public (stage three) should begin in May 2021.
PM Babis said that shipments of vaccines from EU-approved manufacturers will arrive in the Czech Republic every Thursday during January.
The Czech Republic reported 6,220 daily cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Monday. There are 119,561 active cases currently, the highest since late October. The number of hospitalised patients is 5,777.