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2021.03.09 10:31

Nearly 17 pct of Lithuanian population already immune to Covid-19 – minister

LRT RADIJAS, BNS2021.03.09 10:31

One in six Lithuanians already have immunity to Covid-19, according to Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys. He also rejected accusations that the country is administering vaccines too slow.

“If we look at the percentage of immunisation in Lithuania, it already stands at almost 17 percent,” he told LRT RADIO on Tuesday.

Read more: One in ten people in Lithuania have received Covid-19 jab

“The first doses of the vaccine have been administered to almost 7.5 percent of the population, and the second shots, to 3 percent. One percent have antibodies, and five percent have had the virus.”

Dulkys rejected criticism that the vaccination process is too slow, saying that over 90 percent of delivered vaccines have been used.

Based on data published on Tuesday morning, a total of 218,156 people have received their first coronavirus vaccine shots so far and 86,819 have been given the second jab.

About 31 percent of people aged over 80 have been vaccinated.

Lithuania is now using the EMA-approved vaccines developed by BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.