Romania’s vaccination campaign picks up steam

The number of doses administered in Romania has remained above 100,000 per day over the past days, a sharp increase from around 10,000 a day just a month ago. [EPA-EFE / ROBERT GHEMENT]

Interest in vaccination against COVID-19 has increased significantly over the past week, amid discussions about making green passes mandatory for some activities, and overfilled hospitals.

The number of doses administered in Romania has remained above 100,000 per day over the past days, a sharp increase from around 10,000 a day just a month ago.

The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Romania hard, which has now one of the highest death rates in the world. Less than four in 10 adults are vaccinated in the country, well below the average of the EU of over 75%.

But reports of hospitals running out of beds for COVID-19 patients, especially for the severely ill, have been regularly on TV for at least two weeks.

More importantly, the government has said it could make green passes mandatory for certain professions, including almost all public employees. Also, COVID certificates are needed to go to shopping centres or cinemas, and these requirements have given a fresh impetus to the vaccination campaign.

On Wednesday, more than 150,000 people got vaccinated, among which over 111,000 received the first dose.

(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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