Updates: 10/29/2021 1:13 PM
Released: 29.10.2021, 13:13
Prague – The first dose of vaccination against covid-19 received over 52,000 people in the last week, in the whole of October there were more than 117,000. Overall, 58.8 percent of the population who have already received or registered for at least one vaccine are vaccinated. Their share has increased by one percentage point over the last eight days. It follows from this is vaccinationpublished by the Ministry of Health. For comparison, in July, when the vaccination rate was highest, around 100,000 people were vaccinated daily, increasing vaccination percentage points per day. In October, the maximum Wednesday was 41.220 doses.
New cases of coronavirus infection have increased by almost two thirds between the last two weeks, and the number has been rising since the beginning of October. Compared to the whole of September, the number of newly infected by more than 28 October is more than fourfold. At the same time, there is a growing interest in vaccinations. In September, medics administered over 322,000 doses, and in October more than 374,000 doses.
Half of the October vaccinations are the third dose, ie a booster vaccination for people who were fully vaccinated by April this year. These are mainly health professionals and the oldest people under the age of 70, in whom protection is significantly reduced due to poorer immune system function in old age after about six months. In total, almost 182,000 booster doses of the vaccine were given in October, more than half in the last seven days.
However, interest is also growing among people who have not yet been vaccinated. In October, medics gave over 117,000 first doses of vaccination, over 52,600 in the last seven days. Higher interest is across age groups, but highest among people aged 18 to 39 and 40 to 59. In seven days, she had the first dose given to about twice as many people this age as the previous week. The first vaccinations in people under 18 and over 60 have increased by about a third.
Vaccination rates vary significantly. While more than 80 percent of people over the age of 65 have completed vaccinations, about 70 percent of those in their fifties, 65 percent of those in their forties, and about 53 percent of those in their thirties, similar to young people aged 16 to 29. About a third of children aged 12 to 15 were vaccinated.
Experts agree that seniors and people who are chronically ill or obese have the highest risk of serious illness, hospitalization or death from covid-19. However, there are also cases where the infection has led to serious health problems or long-term consequences in children. Six children died in connection with covid-19.
In the regions, the total vaccination rate differs only by a percentage. The smallest share of people with completed vaccinations is in the Olomouc Region (52.8%) and the Moravian-Silesian Region (53.1%). The highest, on the other hand, is Vysočina (60%), Central Bohemia (59%) and Prague (58.5%). Rather than the overall lower vaccination coverage, however, representatives of the ministry draw attention to some small regions where there are more municipalities with low vaccination coverage, especially the elderly. According to the data of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (IHIS), they are mainly in the border area, mainly in the east and north of Moravia, but also in the north, south and west of Bohemia.
In the last week and for the whole of October, the interest in the first benefits in Prague is higher than in other regions. In the whole month, more than 28,000 people were vaccinated there for the first time, which is twice the number against the Moravian-Silesian Region and almost three times more than in the Central Bohemian Region. In the last week alone, there were about 11,800 first-time vaccines in Prague. However, part of Central Bohemia has been using Prague vaccination centers from the very beginning.
The high availability of vaccinations in Prague plays a role. There are dozens of vaccination places, two large ones at the main railway station and in the shopping center in Chodov do not require prior registration. In recent days, queues have been formed for several hours, and the vaccine is given there by thousands of people a day.
Without registration, people can come to a large part of the other 413 at selected times vaccination sites, especially in hospitals. It is possible to register in advance for the exact time via the information line 1221 or on the Internet.