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Covid 19

Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Covid 19

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

If a person has acquired the right to receive state-paid health services, then the vaccine will be available to them in accordance with the vaccination plan developed by the state.


State-paid vaccination is provided for:

  • foreigners with a permanent residence permit in Latvia;
  • stateless persons who have been granted this status in the Republic of Latvia;
  • refugees or persons who have been granted alternative status;asylum seekers.

The ways to register for vaccination:

  • www.manavakcina.lv (a Latvian state personal identification code is necessary; it is possible to authenticate on www.latvija.lv with internet banking or e-signature data);
  • by calling the toll-free number 8989 (working hours 9.00-17.00 every day including weekends and holidays);
  • by calling a specific vaccination facility.
  • Adolescents aged 12-13 can apply for vaccination through their parents or other legal guardians at a medical institution, family doctor, or by calling 8989. The presence of a mother or father (or other legal guardian) is required during vaccination, as well as the following documents: for the legal guardian - passport or identity card, as well as a document certifying the child (entry regarding the child in the passport or birth certificate, or notarized power of attorney if necessary).
  • Adolescents over the age of 14 can sign up on the website www.manavakcina.lv by themselves, where authentication takes place through latvija.lv. if the full version of Internet banking or Smart-ID is available, or by calling 8989, indicating one of the vaccination centres as the vaccination place. Upon arrival for vaccination, the teenager must bring an identity document - passport or ID; if the young person does not have a passport or ID, they must go to the vaccination together with a legal representative. 
     

A list of addresses and contact information of medical institutions and GP practices that vaccinate against Covid-19 is available on this map. The information on the map is subject to change and is updated regularly as the involvement of GPs in the vaccination process is gradual.

The list of medical institutions that provide outpatient health care services to Covid-19 patients and their contact persons is available on the website of the National Health Service website in the section “Procedures for Receiving Medical Services”.

Rules to be followed by a Covid-19 positive patient and their contacts to receive healthcare at a particular medical treatment institution:

  • the patient must have a referral from a family doctor or specialist, except for the services of direct access specialists;
  • the patient must contact the medical treatment institution by telephone or electronically and arrange an appointment; the medical treatment institution will assess whether the service can or cannot be provided remotely;
  • the patient must arrive for the examination at the exact time;
  • it is not allowed to use public transport to go to a medical institution;
  • in a medical institution, it is mandatory to use a face mask, observe a distance of 2 m and disinfect your hands.
     

Up to 10 persons may gather indoors, outdoors - up to 20. 
However, we invite you not to organise private events, as the epidemiological situation is still fragile. The purpose of this provision is to provide socialization so that family members living in different households can meet and help each other.

Children up to the age of 11 (including) are not required to present a certificate of vaccination, recovery or testing when visiting shops, receiving services and visiting cultural sites. Children together with their parents having a vaccination or recovery certificate visit points of sale, service provision places and cultural sites in a “green mode“. Whereas, children, together with their parents who do not have a vaccination or recovery certificate, visit shops selling basic necessities and essential service provision places in a "red mode".

Children from the age of 12 visit shops, receive services and visit cultural sites, presenting:

  • Covid-19 vaccination or recovery certificate;
  • A testing certificate or laboratory certificate of a negative screening test performed within the last 72 hours

Children from the age of 7 wear face masks properly. Everyone must comply with the security measures established for each particular point of sale, service provision place or cultural site.

If you have symptoms of the disease (signs of an acute respiratory infection, fever, olfactory disturbances, loss of taste, etc.), you can get tested for Covid-19 for free and without a doctor’s referral.
 

Book a visit to a Covid-19 testing site by calling:

  • the phone number for centralised Covid-19 testing - 8303
  • Central Laboratory - 8330
  • E. Gulbja Laboratory - 67801112
  • MFD Laboratory - 8313
  • NMS Laboratory - 67144015
  • State Scientific Institute "BIOR" - 28369560
  • IvF RIGA Holding laboratory - 25444405
  • The contact list and opening hours of Covid-19 testing points are also available on the on the National Health Service website.

Book a visit to a Covid-19 testing site electronically:

  • Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital website,
  • E. Gulbja Laboratory website,
  • Central Laboratory website,
  • On the MFD Healthcare Group website,
  • On the State Scientific Institute "BIOR" website.

You can find the testing sites and information on each of them on an interactive map: "Covid-19 testing sites in Latvia".

The set date for the testing may change if there is a rapid increase in the number of people applying to submit samples for Covid-19 infection testing without doctor’s referral and queues for submitting samples are increasing significantly.

In turn, the results of Covid-19 tests are available on the E-health portal, as well as on the websites of testing service providers. To view the results in E-health, open www.eveseliba.gov.lv in the internet browser, and select "Connect" and "Resident". After logging in to the system, the testing results message will be displayed in the "My results" section.

Given the workload of the laboratories, we invite you to take a test at one of the testing stations.
The test can be taken at any time. The test is valid for 72 hours.

Read about submitting material for the antigen test on the National Health Service website! (In Latvian)

 

  • A person who has received a full vaccination course with any vaccine registered by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent vaccine registered by a regulator or recognised by the World Health Organisation and 14 days have passed since the completion of vaccination course.
  • A person who has received mixed doses and 14 days have passed since the completion of vaccination course.
  • A person who has had a laboratory-confirmed positive Covid-19 test + has received 1 dose of the vaccine and 14 days have passed since the vaccination. Depending on the person's health condition, it is also possible to be vaccinated with 2 doses of the vaccine. Digital certificate - on the 15th day after 1 dose.

To be more accessible to people, vaccination will be continued in shopping centres. The location of vaccination points in shopping centres has been evaluated; if necessary, vaccination points will be moved to the entrances or outdoors, providing vaccination in mobile points.

We remind you that all general practitioners who have entered into contract with the National Health Service and who provide state-paid health care services are involved in the vaccination process against Covid-19. There are two forms of GP involvement:

  • vaccination in their practices;
  • referring people to be vaccinated to vaccination rooms in medical institutions with which the particular GP practice cooperates.
     

What helps stop the spread of COVID-19!

Wash hands regularly
Cough and sneeze in your elbow
Don’t touch your face
Keep a safe distance
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