Covid vaccine now available for people over 75 in Slovakia

Applications accepted online or via a call centre.

The Comirnaty vaccine. The Comirnaty vaccine. (Source: Sme - Marko Erd)

​​Vaccination against COVID-19 is now available for people over the age of 75 in Slovakia.

Applicants can either fill out a form on korona.gov.sk or they may place a call to the call centre of the Health Department by calling 0800 174 174 if they wish to apply by phone. Applicants may also be registered by their relatives or their medical practitioner.

Health Minister Marek Krajčí (OĽaNO) also noted that there are plans to open large capacity vaccination centres once enough vaccines are available.

“Every week we increase the size of our network and capacity and we’re improving our services for you. This is also why we’re extending the group of valid applicants to now include seniors at the age of 75,” Krajčí wrote on his Facebook page.

Making the vaccination available to people older than 75 marks the start of the third phase of the vaccination programme, as presented by the ministry earlier in January. After various health care groups and social workers in the first phase and people older than 85 in the second phase, the possibility now extends to more people. It is not clear when the next phases will begin.

After the start of the vaccination rollout in Slovakia on December 26, the minister pledged that nearly 80 vaccination points would open around the country, one per district. So far only about half of them have been put into operation. Currently, 37 vaccination centres are at work. In addition, 17 mobile vaccination teams for seniors in social care facilities are operating around the country.

Krajčí noted that Slovakia ordered over 15 million vaccines this year, plus another 4.8 million from manufacturers whose vaccines are yet to be clinically certified.

Slovakia is due to vaccinate 102,692 residents by February 2.

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