2021.10.26 09:39

Lithuania starts vaccinating asylum seekers

BNS2021.10.26 09:39

Asylum seekers at Lithuania's Rukla migrant centre were offered coronavirus vaccines on Monday, about one in six agreed to get vaccinated, according to the National Blood Centre director.

“It went not that bad, but the uptake among the migrants was low. Where we were, there were around 300 non-vaccinated people, and around 50, a sixth, got vaccinated,” said Daumantas Gutauskas.

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“Some of them were interested in vaccination. They did not get the jab but promised to do that in the future. [...] Of course, not everyone can get vaccinated due to health issues, and some of them have recently had the virus,” he added.

Migrants in Rukla were vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and will be revaccinated in three weeks.

Almost 4,200 irregular migrants have come to Lithuania from Belarus so far this year.

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