“Immense pressure” on vaccination authorities

24.02.2021 - 16:23
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“Immense pressure” on vaccination authorities
A common misconception about ‘group 4’ in the vaccination programme is putting a great deal of pressure on the health authorities
 

The original Covid vaccination strategy to complete vaccinations by June appears to be going as planned.

Up to now, the main focus has been on vaccinating frontline health and social care workers (group 1), residents in care homes (group 2), people in at-risk groups (group 3) and relatives who provide essential care to people in at-risk groups (group 4).

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But a misconception about the definition of group 4 is putting the vaccination group under great pressure.

“We are being inundated with calls from people who want to get vaccinated now because they believe they belong to group 4,” says Tummas í Garði, COO of the Hospital Service and a member of the vaccination group.

“It is important to point out that group 4 only includes relatives who provide essential care to at-risk people, and not just any relative. Perhaps this category wasn’t defined clearly enough when we started. I hope this clarifies things a bit more now.”

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The latest vaccination figures on corona.fo, updated today, show that 4,190 people (7.9 percent of the population) have received the first shot of the Covid vaccine, while 2,523 (4.8 percent) have received the second shot.

A new batch with 195 bottles of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine containing up to 1,300 doses is due to arrive on Friday evening, with a new round of vaccinations scheduled to start on Monday.

Only one active Covid case remaining

No new Covid cases have been registered since Monday 15 February.

No-one is receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19 and three people are in quarantine.

For further information about Covid-19 in the Faroes, visit corona.fo.

Download your English-language vaccination guide here.

 

Read the Faroese version of this article here.

Translated by prosa.fo 

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