Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko proposed voluntarily vaccinating patients from risk groups against coronavirus infection before they are discharged from the hospital.
According to the head of the department, senior citizens and people with cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus remain the top priority.
“We need to make the vaccination process as convenient as possible for these population groups. For example, vaccinations should be given before patients at risk are discharged from hospital care, ”he said in a conference call with the regions on the fight against coronavirus on Tuesday May 4.
At the same time, vaccination should remain voluntary, Murashko stressed. Three weeks after the first inpatient vaccination, the patient should be invited to receive a second injection in the outpatient clinic of the community.
Also during the meeting, Murashko said that the situation with coronavirus infection in Russia remains tense. In this regard, decisions on easing restrictions must be made taking into account the situation in the regions, he noted.
At the end of April, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, announced that immunity to COVID-19 after vaccination lasts for 10-12 months and protects against all strains of coronavirus.
Since January 18, a large-scale vaccination against COVID-19 has been taking place in Russia. The vaccination is given free of charge to everyone. Currently, there are three vaccines against coronavirus infection in the country: Sputnik V, EpiVacCorona and KoviVac.
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