Bulgaria may launch site to report vaccine side effects

The Bulgarian authorities are mulling the launch of a website to report the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines. [EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV]

The Bulgarian authorities are mulling the launch of a website to report the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

“People have the right to doubt. It is a minus that we are not talking about side effects. We intend to make a campaign, talk to people who say they have side effects”, the chairman of parliamentary health Commission, Associate Professor Anton Tonev told Bulgarian National Radio in an interview.

Tonev is an MP from the “Change continues” party. It won the elections in November 2021 and now is the main player in the quadruple ruling coalition. The new government has already announced its intention to strengthen the vaccination campaign since only 30% of the population are vaccinated, and only 7% have had their booster jab.

The government’s new plan was announced on Thursday.

“Until now, Bulgaria has strictly followed European policy and the decisions of the European Commission. We were mainly just repeating them and explaining what was being done in Europe. But controlling the Covid crisis depends not only on statistics,” Tonev said.

According to the new plan, intensive care beds for treating severe COVID-19 cases will be the main indicator for managing the new pandemic wave caused by the Omicron variant. When 80% of ICU beds are occupied, businesses and schools will be closed, and the green certificate will no longer allow access to places such as restaurants and shopping centres.

Currently, 584 out of 1268 ICU beds in Bulgaria are occupied.

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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