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Slovakia's vaccination strategy will change again.
Unlike the previous plans, teachers younger than 55 will receive their jab sooner. Their vaccination will start this Saturday, February 13. They will be vaccinated with AstraZeneca doses, while older teachers should be jabbed with the Pfizer vaccine.
Currently, vaccination is available for healthcare workers, students of medicine and non-medical specialisations in contact with Covid-19 patients, workers in nursing homes and people older than 75.
Teachers and chronic patients given preference
Teachers, together with people working in critical infrastructure, will be vaccinated on weekends, starting February 13.
Vaccination will be provided by 12 centres in regional capitals. Some teachers, their assistants and other educators are now eligible. The vaccination will be available to those who work in kindergartens, years one to four of primary schools and the final years of high schools in regional towns.
During the weekend, teachers younger than 55 will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. Older teachers will be vaccinated with other makes of vaccine from Monday, February 15. The Ministry has allocated 21,700 vaccination appointments, between February 13 and 19, to teachers.
Who is entitled to vaccination in the first phase?
• pedagogical employee of a kindergarten
• pedagogical employee of a special kindergarten
• pedagogical employee teaching years one to four of primary school or in a school club
• pedagogical employee at a special primary school
• pedagogical staff at a secondary school for pupils with disabilities, a vocational school
• pedagogical employee providing teaching of the final year of secondary school
Teachers will need confirmation that they are teachers from the headmaster of their school. Documentation for this should be distributed to schools but it will also be published on the websites aScAgenda and eŠkola.
The state will provide a link for headmasters to fill in a questionnaire and they will then register their staff. The teachers will be allocated a vaccination centre and will be given a specific date and time to attend. They will receive their second dose of the vaccine after 28 days.
Where can teachers get vaccinated over the upcoming weekend (February 13 and 14)?
- UNB Ružinov (two)
- UNB Antolská
- UNB Kramáre
- FN Trenčín
- FN Prešov
- UNLP Košice
- UN Martin
- VÚC Žilina
- FN Žilina
- FN Trnava
- Liptovský Mikuláš
- Dolný Kubín
Vaccination centres open during the week between February 15 and 19: FN Nitra, FNsP Banská Bystrica
At the same time, the Interior Ministry should provide a list of people working in critical infrastructure. They will be vaccinated in three hospitals: St Michael's Hospital in Bratislava, St Michael's Hospital in Košice and the Central Military Hospital in Ružomberok. The rate will depend on the capacities of hospitals.
Another group to be vaccinated are people suffering from serious diseases, regardless of their age, as well as carers and people entitled to care benefits. After this group is vaccinated, people with moderately serious diseases will be next, regardless of age.
In the remaining phases, people in the age groups of 65+, 55+, 45+, and 18+ will be vaccinated.
Cancelling appointment is possible
Meanwhile, the booking system for vaccination and Covid-19 testing the Korona.gov.sk website has undergone some changes.
The system now allows to cancel the date of the antigen test or the date for the first vaccination dose, said Peter Bielik, head of the National Health Information Centre (NCZI).
People can also ask for a new appointment.
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 take 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
Read more about coronavirus in Slovakia:
- Measures valid in Slovakia as of February 8 and updates on the requirement of a negative test result
- Statistics of the positive coronavirus cases
- Guide for travelling in the coronavirus pandemic
- Do I have the new coronavirus? How to proceed if you have a suspicion
- I encountered a person who is COVID-19 positive. What do I do next? (FAQ)
- When will I get my COVID vaccine? FAQs about vaccination in Slovakia
11. Feb 2021 at 12:06 | Compiled by Spectator staff