Romania’s vaccination campaign shudders to a halt

Romania is far from reaching its self-imposed targets for vaccination and the campaign started even closing vaccination centres due to low demand. [Shutterstock/Allexxandar]

Romania is far from reaching its self-imposed targets for vaccination and has even started closing vaccination centres due to low demand. By Tuesday (15 June), fewer than 4.6 million people in Romania received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, short of the government target of 5 million people by 1 June.

Romania looks set also to fall short of its initial goal of having 10 million people immunised by the end of September, due to low demand. As a result, the vaccination campaign’s coordinator, Valeriu Gheorghita announced the closing of some vaccination centres and reducing the vaccine stocks.

Romania drastically cut its vaccine acquisitions for June, from a planned 7.1 million doses to 2.6 million doses. It is also preparing a legislative framework to sell the doses it already has in stock and donate some to Moldova.

Romania has used about 60% of the 15 million doses it received so far. The number of daily jabs being administered has fallen to fewer than 40,000 per day in the past week.

The country is closing 12 vaccination centres and is reducing the working hours in a further 100 facilities.

However, Gheorghita said the government does not want to completely shut down the vaccination centres as they should be ready in case another wave hits at a later date. (Bodgan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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