The peak of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic is expected at the turn of November and December – said Deputy Minister of Health Waldemar Kraska. He noted that “previous waves have shown that the epidemic is not reading our forecasts.” He also said that any restrictions would be introduced in poviats, in places with the highest number of new infections and hospitalizations.
Deputy Minister of Health Waldemar Kraska said on Polish Radio 24 that the peak of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic is expected at the turn of November and December. However, he made a reservation that one should not stick to forecasts because “previous waves have shown that the epidemic does not read our forecasts.”
– By Christmas, the number of new infections should decrease – assessed the deputy minister.
Restrictions on unvaccinated against COVID-19?
When asked if the government was planning to restrict the unvaccinated, he stated that “we approached this wave in a completely different way”. He said that any restrictions would be introduced in places where a lot of new cases and hospitalizations were recorded.
– We will try to do it punctually, most often with poviats – announced Kraska.
The third dose of the vaccine is for adults. Kraska: The decision of the Medical Council is a matter of two or three days
The deputy head of the Ministry of Health also said that the Ministry of Health has a plan to increase the number of beds for patients infected with coronavirus. – The number of beds for COVID-19 patients is increasing, especially in the voivodships with the highest number of infections and hospitalizations, Lublin and Podlasie. We have established temporary hospitals there – he said.
The deputy minister of health was also asked to allow all adults to receive the third dose of coronavirus vaccines.
– Indeed the EMA [Europejska Agencja Leków – przyp. red.] two weeks ago, she issued a recommendation that a booster dose could be administered to people over the age of eighteen (…) I think that this week there will be a decision of the Medical Council that we will also be allowed a dose for people over eighteen – informed Kraska. The deputy head of the Ministry of Health assessed that the decision of the Medical Council “is a matter of two or three days”.
In early October, the European Medicines Agency recommended that the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer or Moderna be given to people with severely weakened immune systems at least 28 days after the second dose. She also recalled that the administration of an additional dose of the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 was safe and effective.
At the same time, she made a reservation that the decision on whether to administer a booster dose rests with the EU member states. He announced the decision on the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for adults on Friday Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski. “In the perspective of next week, when we will allow and set a date when each of us will be able to vaccinate with a third, resembling dose” – said the head of the Ministry of Health in Wirtualna Polska.
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