PM's aide: AstraZeneca reduces vaccine batch for Poland by 550,000 in March
AstraZeneca will reduce the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered to Poland by 550,000 in March, the prime minister's top aide Michał Dworczyk said on Friday. He also informed that an amendment would be submitted next week allowing not only doctors, but also medical staff to qualify patients for vaccination.
As in other European Union countries, Poland's vaccination programme has been hampered by delays in deliveries from producers. The country of 38 million has administered over 4 million shots of vaccine.
The Chief of the Prime Minister's Chancellery (KPRM) Michał Dworczyk said on Friday AstraZeneca had informed that "in March Poland will receive approximately 550,000 less shots than it was supposed to".
"We will do our best to prevent it from affecting deliveries to vaccination points" - Mr Dworczyk said. "We would also like to ask for understanding, should any delays or rescheduling of visits occur" - he added.
"We've been reassured by the producers and we trust we shall receive approximately 15 million doses in the second quarter of 2021" - said the chief of KPRM.
He also informed that an amendment would be submitted next week allowing not only doctors, but also medical staff to qualify patients for vaccination. In his opinion, the change will allow to create many more vaccination teams.
"When it comes to the Johnson&Johnson vaccine, we've received initial declaration that first doses of this product should arrive in Poland in May" - Michał Dworczyk said.
Źródło: TVN24 News in English, PAP Reuters