The Czech Ministry of Health came up with a new way to motivate residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Next week, insurance companies will send out paper letters to their clients, inviting them to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
“This so-called motivation letter could be sent to vaccinated people by mistake since insurance companies receive these data with a short delay,” said Adam Vojtěch.
The minister announced that three walk-in centers (in addition to two in Prague) will open in the country, offering Covid-19 vaccination without prior registration. They will be located in Prague, Brno, and Ostrava.
More than a third of the population of the Czech Republic, about 3.8 million people, have already been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and another 1.4 million people have received a single dose.
However, vaccination coverage among people aged 30 and below is only about 40 percent.
Czechia reported 227 new COVID cases on Thursday, 22 fewer than a week ago and the reproduction rate dropped from 1.3 to 1.25, while the incidence rate is 16 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days, Health Ministry has said.
The figures imply that the week-over-week increase stopped.