On Tuesday, the Lithuanian government published the country’s vaccination plan. Here is the planned chronological timeline.
2021: first quarter
– Medics who work with Covid-19 patients
– Patients who are at the highest risk
– Volunteers who work with Covid-19 patients
– Workers at drive-in testing points and at fever clinics
– Care home workers and residents
– Lab workers who work with Covid-19 samples
– Specialists who work with epidemiological diagnostics and who travel to Covid-19 hotpoints
– Healthcare workers who do not have direct contact with Covid-19 patients
– Pharmacy workers
– People over the age of 80
– People aged 75–79
– People aged 70–74
– People aged 65–69
2021: second and third quarters
– People working in pre-school, primary, and special-needs education
– People who have other risk factors to their health
– Workers with important tasks for the society
– Other people
“People who directly work with the Covid-19 [pandemic] will be [vaccinated] first, followed [...] by workers in intensive care units, patients who are at the highest risk, and workers of other healthcare institutions,” Lithuanian Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys told reporters.
The “whole medical community” should receive the first shot of the vaccine in January, he added.
Meanwhile, people should not be vaccinated if they were ill with Covid-19 less than three months prior, or were found to have antibodies. According to professor Aurelija Žvirblienė at the Life Sciences Centre of Vilnius University, having antibodies after recovering from the coronavirus guarantees “the same protection as getting vaccinated”.
Lithuania will receive at least 20,000 doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine every week for the next three months.