- When will COVID vaccination start in Slovakia?
- Will vaccination be obligatory in Slovakia?
- What vaccines will be available in Slovakia?
- When will my turn for the vaccination come?
- Will children get vaccinated, too?
- Where will the vaccination take place? Should I get in touch with my GP?
- How will I know it is my turn for the vaccination? Will I get an invitation?
- I already had COVID-19. Can I receive the injection?
- When in 2021 is it estimated that the vaccination of the general public can take place?
- Once I am vaccinated, will I be able to live like before the pandemic?
- Do I have to undergo testing before vaccination?
- How can I cancel a scheduled date for vaccination?
- How do I proceed when I want to cancel my scheduled vaccination?
- If I cancel the date of my vaccination, how can I request a new one?
- If I re-schedule my appointment, because I cancelled the original date, do I use the COVID-19-PASS from the first appointment?
- When I go for the second dose of the vaccine do I go to the same place as the first time?
As an EU member state, Slovakia depends on the approval of vaccines by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The first, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, received registration on December 21.
It is expected to arrive in Slovakia on December 26 and vaccination started on December 27.
The Health Ministry claims it will be voluntary and free of any additional charges for people, paid from public health insurance.
It depends on the approval of the EU. The first vaccine available should be the one by Pfizer/BioNTech, then from Moderna and AstraZeneca/Oxford. The latter two arrived in Slovakia in December 2020 and January 2021. The EU also has contracts for vaccines from Curevac, Sanofi, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax, but without further specification on when they could be registered and available.
It depends mostly on your age and occupation. The Slovak authorities have prepared a vaccination strategy that prioritises some groups of inhabitants before others.
11 vaccination phases (updated):
- healthcare staff;
- students of medical or non-medical school who are in contact with Covic-19 patients;
- nursing home staff;
- in-field social workers;
- employees of service organisations that secure services in hospitals;
- employees of hospitals, emergency rescue services and ambulances who are in contact with COVID-19 patients;
- registered Church members who offer clerical services to COVID-19 patients in hospitals or nursing homes;
- staff at mobile testing sites who are in contact with tested people;
- employees of employers who secure services for marginalised Roma communities and homeless people;
- employees of employers who secure staff services for social service provides;
- soldiers, police officers and firefighters helping with testing at the mobile testing sites and medical facilities.
If people booked for the given date fail to show up, the authority responsible for vaccination can take replacements, giving preference to people older than 65 years of age who are hospitalised in the facility.
- people older than 85 years of age
- people older than 75 years of age
- people older than 56 years of age who takes care of children until the age of 6, or employees of such facilities;
- teachers younger than 55 years of age if the effects of the vaccine used on people older than 55 years cannot be assessed.
- people working in critical infrastructure who are:
- older than 56 years of age;
- younger than 55 years of age if the effects of the vaccine used on people older than 55 years cannot be assessed.
- people older than 56 years of age suffering from serious diseases, including:
- cancer patients;
- people who had transplantations;
- people who recovered from pneumonia;
- people who had sepsis;
- people with cardiovascular problems;
- people suffering from diabetes;
- HIV/AIDS patients;
- extremely obese people;
- patients suffering from kidney failure, serious immunity diseases or metabolic problems;
- people suffering from serious mental problems;
- people older than 56 years of age receiving nursing benefits;
- people older than 56 years of age taking care of severely disabled people.
- people younger than 55 years of age if the effects of the vaccine used on people older than 55 years cannot be assessed who:
- suffer from serious diseases (see the list above);
- receive nursing benefit;
- take care of severely disabled people.
- people older than 56 years of age suffering from moderate chronic diseases;
- people younger than 55 years suffering from moderate chronic diseases if the effects of the vaccine used on people older than 55 years cannot be assessed.
- people older than 55 years of age
- people older than 45 years of age
- people older than 18 and younger than 45 years of age
No, they will not, at least not in the first four phases as planned for now. The reason is that vaccines in clinical trials are not tested on children as a rule. This is why children and youth have been globally excluded from vaccination.
25 vaccination centres will emerge around Slovakia to start with. The Health Ministry has yet to specify exactly where, but they should be in hospitals.
The number of vaccination spots will grow with the number of imported vaccines to up to 79, so there should eventually be a vaccination centre in each district.
The Health Ministry will first publish a call for registration. You will fill in the registration form on the korona.gov.sk website and receive a text message to confirm your registration.
Another text message will give you the specific date, time and place of your vaccination appointment, according to your residence. This is similar to how the registration for PCR tests works.
Yet another text message will then notify you about the vaccination 24 hours before your appointment.
You will arrive at the vaccination centre per your appointment, fill in a questionnaire about your health condition; a health care professional will do a quick examination, ask you about some acute symptoms, such as cough, cold and fever; and you will sign two copies of informed consent – one for you to keep and one for the health care records. You will receive your injection and then wait another 30 minutes in the waiting room, to make sure you are monitored for possible side effects.
The side effects that may occur after the injection are a reddish and painful needle mark, muscle pain and slightly increased temperature.
The same process should be repeated at the revaccination, depending on the type of vaccine, in about three or four weeks.
It depends on when you had COVID-19. It applies that 90 days have to pass until you can receive an injection.
Authorities estimate that it can be at the turn of March and April.
However, it will depend on the supplies and accessibility of vaccines and also how many people in the first three phases will opt for an injection.
The vaccination is expected to stretch at least until the end of 2021. The Health Ministry assumes that a vaccination centre will be able to cover 500 people per day.
Health Minister Marek Krajčí, however, adjusted this estimation when he said on January 15 that those who do not belong in any of the preferential groups could receive vaccine by the end of summer or beginning of autumn.
Probably no. To achieve herd immunity, at least 60 percent of the population needs to be vaccinated, the strategy estimates. This means about 3.3 million people in Slovakia. The strategy reads that if the rate drops to 50 percent, the growth of new cases will not be eliminated, even if the effectiveness of the vaccine is 100 percent.
Experts warn that people will probably be required to wear masks and social distance, especially between the first and second dose of the vaccine.
It is not clear if there will be any advantages for vaccinated people yet. However, a vaccinated person should receive a proof of vaccination, which may be required for international travel, for example.
No. The Health Ministry said that neither antigen nor PCR testing will be mandatory before receiving the jab.
Only a worker at the Call Centre of the National Health Information Centre (NCZI) can cancel the date. When registering for a vaccination, you must choose a date that you are able to fulfill. To cancel the appointment, there has to be a serious reason, for example, illness.
You must contact the Call Centre of the NCZI. It is possible to do this in two ways: either by phone on 02/3235 3030 or directly via the website. You must state your reason when cancelling the appointment.
You need to register again at https://www.old.korona.gov.sk/covid-19-vaccination-form.php
When you cancel a vaccination, the soonest possible date for registration is after two days. Otherwise, the system will report that the registration already exists.
If I re-schedule my appointment, because I cancelled the original date, do I use the COVID-19-PASS from the first appointment?
You must fill in the whole registration form again. If a person already has the COVID-19-PASS in the system, it will remain there. There is only one for all operations for each person.
Yes, the place remains the same.
23. Jan 2021 at 11:50 | Compiled by Spectator staff