According to Balkan Insight, “After receiving the first batches of the vaccine acquired by Brussels, EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe on Sunday started COVID-19 vaccination campaigns with symbolic ceremonies that left images of hope following months of fear. As in the rest of the EU, health workers, politicians and civil society leaders trying to dispel popular distrust of vaccines were chosen to take the first jabs in symbolic ceremonies designed to kickstart national vaccination campaigns across the region.
COVID-19 vaccine considerations for Ukraine
- Can employers mandate the vaccine?
Unknown at this time. Only 500 thousand doses of vaccine were purchased as for now for certain groups of population – doctors, army etc.
- Who will control delivery of the vaccine?
- Who covers the cost of the vaccine?
The Government may cover the cost for certain sectors such as healthcare workers; federal, state, and municipal employees; police, para-military, and military forces; other government employees; people below the poverty line or belonging to economically disadvantaged communities. Individuals and the private sector will have to pay for their vaccinations.
- Where will people get vaccinated?
A record for vaccination against COVID-19 appeared on the portal of public services online "Diya". Everyone can sign up for a vaccination waiting list.
- Is there cultural resistance to getting the vaccine?
Yes. Vaccination in the country is very slow. At the moment, less than 20 thousand people have been vaccinated. In Ukraine the Government offered vaccination with the vaccine “Covishield”, Astra Zeneca licence, but manufactured in India. The quality of the vaccine is questioned by the population.
For the moment we have very few information regarding future availability of vaccines against COVID-19 and how it will be distributed around the regions and population except for this very general announce from the Minister, that he first tranche of vaccines against COVID-19 will consist of 1.2 million doses and is expected to arrive in Ukraine in the first half of 2021. They expect to receive these vaccines from COVAX.
They have also announced that the Government has booked UAH 2.6 billion for buying vaccines, however there is no any information about signed agreements with any suppliers.
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