Romania, the first EU country that started vaccination for teens aged 12 to 15. Almost 2,000 vaccinated in the first day

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Romania is the first country in the European Union that kicked off the vaccination campaign for the 12-15 age group, due to the vaccination strategy that allows in the third phase this age group to be eligible, doctor Valeriu Gheorghita, the coordinator of the national vaccination campaign, told a press conference on Thursday.

According to him, 1,903 youngsters aged 12 to 15 got vaccinated in the first 24 hours since the debut of the campaign for their age.

The vaccination of the teenagers aged 12 to 15 started on Wednesday, June 2, exclusively with the BioNTech-Pfizer jab.

The most teens vaccinated in the 12-15 age category in the past day are from Bucharest – 494, then from Cluj – 178 and Ilfov – 140.

4,173 children aged 12 to 15 are scheduled for vaccination on the online platform so far

“The vaccination of people aged 12 to 15 can be done without appointment either, they can come directly to the vaccination centres where the immunisation is done with the Pfizer vaccine, both at fixed centres and drive-through ones, marathon vaccination events, and in the family doctors’ offices. We recommend vaccination with previous appointment on the platform, to reduce the waiting times”, Valeriu Gheorghiță detailed.

He reminded that the parents or the legal guardians must give their consent for the vaccination of the children and the minors must be accompanied by one of the parents or legal representatives.

Herd immunity goes beyond 50pc in Bucharest

The vaccination rate against COVID-19 countrywide stands at 26% of the eligible population for vaccination, meaning people over 16.

The highest vaccination rate is reported in Bucharest, where 44.9% of the eligible population, way ahead the national average, has been vaccinated.

Valeriu Gheorghita added that the herd immunity in the Capital is currently beyond 50%, also taking into account those who have already been infected.

Counties with the highest number of vaccinated people:

  • Cluj – 41.43% of the eligible population over 16
  • Sibiu – 35.15%
  • Braşov – 33.13%
  • Timiş – 31.66%
  • Constanţa – 31.75%

Counties with the lowest number of vaccinated people:

  • Covasna – 18.1%
  • Bacău – 17.3%
  • Giurgiu – 16.6%
  • Botoşani – 16.6%
  • Suceava – 15.7%

Romania ranks 12th in Europe on vaccination with both doses and 22nd worldwide.

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