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22 January 2021, 17:53

Mogilev starts vaccinating health workers against COVID-19

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MOGILEV, 22 January (BelTA) – Vaccination of healthcare workers against COVID-19 has started in Mogilev, Head of Mogilev Central Polyclinic Aleksandr Basenko told BelTA.

“Doctors and other employees of healthcare facilities are exposed to COVID-19 more than other people. Therefore, they are the first to receive the vaccine. In addition, this will help curb the spread of the viral infection among the population,” Aleksandr Basenko said. According to him, 830 people are to get a shot at the first stage of the vaccination program in Mogilev.

Two polyclinics are now carrying out COVID-19 vaccinations. The shots will be administered to people aged 18 to 60 working in polyclinics, hospitals and other healthcare institutions of Mogilev.

“We have already started giving the first COVID-19 injections. By now, more than 20 people have received the vaccine. The vaccination is administered in two stages. The second component of the vaccine will be given 21 days after the first one,” Deputy Head of Mogilev Polyclinic No. 6 Tatyana Kondakova said. “The vaccination was preceded by a great deal of preparatory work. Seminars and training sessions were held by the Healthcare Ministry, the Main Health Department of the Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee. We have purchased the necessary equipment, developed all the necessary algorithms,” she added.

Before being vaccinated, patients undergo a comprehensive medical examination. “We have put together a team to handle the vaccine and patients. This team includes a doctor, two nurses and a doctor's assistant. Before receiving a shot, the doctor thoroughly examines a patient: the temperature is measured, the medical history is studied, including all past and chronic diseases and allergies. The doctor explains what kind of vaccine it is, how immunity is developed, what side effects may appear and what to do in this case. After that we give a special memo detailing everything the doctor said, including the date and time when a patient needs to come for the second shot. After a vaccine is injected, a patient is supervised by the physician assistant for 30 minutes,” she said.

According to Irina Lyakhovich, the First Deputy Head of the Main Health Department of the Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee, a total of 1,600 vaccine doses have been delivered to the region. “Vaccination will be available in Mogilev, Bobruisk, Bykhov, Klimovichi, Belynichi and Osipovichi. At present the number of new cases is declining in the region,” she said.

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