Vaccination faces online problems in Romania

The platform had been taken down for short intervals a few times, but its operation it still isn’t smooth, which could also be a sign of the high interest for booking a vaccination. [Shutterstock/Gabriel Petrescu]

The anti-COVID vaccination campaign entered the second phase in Romania, but its rollout has been plagued by problems with appointment bookings. As of Friday (15 January), elders, chronic patients, but also essential workers may receive an inoculation, but users reported multiple failings on the online platform that is used for appointments.

The platform had been taken down for short intervals a few times, but its operation still isn’t smooth, which could also be a sign of the high interest in booking a vaccination.

According to authorities, more than 275,000 persons have already an appointment booked, and 75% of those are people older than 65 years or suffering from chronic diseases.

So far, more than 235,000 people have been vaccinated in Romania. Authorities expect the number of inoculations to reach 100,000 per day as vaccine supply will increase in the coming months, and the target is to vaccinate more than 10 million people by September.

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