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We are capable of vaccinating 60-70 pct of adult population by autumn: Health Minister

If the situation develops favourably, we will be able to vaccinate around 60-70 percent of the adult population against COVID-19 by autumn, which stands for more than 20 mln people, Adam Niedzielski, the Polish Health minister told the public broadcaster TVP.

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He stressed that the capability of the Polish healthcare system is now at around 2.5-3 mln vaccinations per month.



Smaller than expected supplies over the last weeks have affected the process of vaccinations in Poland, the minister said, adding that in reference to the number of people vaccinated per 100,000 or 1 mln inhabitants, Poland is among the European leaders.



During the time when the deliveries were limited, the healthcare services were using vaccines that were stockpiled.



“If in the coming time – as we plan – the deliveries will take place not interfered, we have a prospect of recreating our stockpiles, for the purposes of vaccinating chronically ill,” he said.



Over the first quarter of the year, the government planned to vaccinate three million people with at least one dose. “This plan will be finalised this week. Now we have around 2.8 mln vaccinationated people, so by the end of the week, three million will be exceeded,” he announced.



“If the deliveries will increase systematically over the next months, in March we will exceed 3-4 mln vaccinations,” Mr Niedzielski said. He added that if the situation improves, by autumn 60-70 percent of the adult population will be vaccinated, which is around 20 mln people.

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