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Vladimir Officials Complained to the Ministry of Health About Interruptions in Vaccine Supplies

The new shipment didn't come entirely

The rate of vaccination against coronavirus has increased in the Vladimir region. This was reported at a briefing held at the administration of the region by Olga Grebneva, acting vice-governor. She believes that the cause was the increase in the number of cases and restrictive measures, which are introduced in Moscow and Moscow suburbs. At the same time not so long ago the Vladimir citizens were not too eager to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“If we take with you the last two-week situation, the rate of vaccination was very low, the Vladimir region was almost in the last five [among Russian regions] in terms of the number of vaccinated. And we used 90 – 91% of the vaccine, then it was 93% … In fact, even if we had used it 100%, we still would not have achieved any good, so to speak, results,” – said the official.

Now there are more and more people who want to get vaccinated, but there are new difficulties. At the beginning of the week, 23 thousand doses of vaccine were to be delivered to the region-33, and within the next 10-15 days, over 40 thousand doses more. But apparently, due to the introduction of mandatory vaccination for certain categories of citizens in some regions of the Russian Federation, the vaccine began to be redistributed. So far, the Vladimir region has not received the promised volume:

“Now we received six thousand doses of vaccine on Monday. We have been waiting for 17,800 doses for four days already, and we were told “we’ll bring it tomorrow”, “we’ll bring it tomorrow”… Today there are 10,587 vaccines for the entire region. […] It would seem that this figure is decent, but the fact that they [vaccines] are scattered throughout the oblast is certainly not enough.

According to Vice-Governor Olga Grebneva, the heat could also have played a role in the delays with the vaccines – Sputnik V, which is expected in the region, must be transported at low temperatures, and the weather creates certain difficulties.

Now, 1,500 to 2,000 people are vaccinated against coronavirus every day in the region. Officials argue that they could do more vaccinations, especially since enterprises, retail chains, and so on form separate lists of those who want to be vaccinated. But that way the vaccine could run out quickly:

“Today, on behalf of the governor, we sent a letter, so to speak, tearfully, to [Russian Health Minister] Mikhail Albertovich Murashko requesting that we be given more vaccine, and in addition, of course, we complained a little that that [shipment] would never come.

While Olga Grebneva was sitting at the briefing, she received a text message from the Ministry of Health – the vaccine was again promised to arrive “as early as tomorrow.

The vice-governor added that in order to ensure a vaccination campaign against coronavirus at the rate currently taken by Vladimir region residents, about 70 thousand doses of vaccine will be needed in the near future.

Recall that the region was supposed to vaccinate about 665,000 people – 60% of the population – by September 1, 2021. As of today, the execution of the plan is 19.2% (125,910 people). A total of 136,497 doses of vaccine have been delivered to the region. 92% of them have already been used.

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