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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

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Everyone must use a medical mask or respirator in a medical institution, a social care institution. Children under 7 years of age and persons with obvious movement and mental health problems may not wear masks or respirators in the areas listed above.

Employers have the right, after assessing risks, to determine which persons require a valid vaccination or recovery certificate for performing work duties, as well as to set other safety requirements, such as the use of masks or respirators, maintaining distance, gathering restrictions, testing, etc.

Vaccination against Covid-19 is strongly recommended for employees who perform their work duties in close contact with people who have a high health risk related to Covid-19.
 

Event organizers and service providers have the right, after assessing risks, to set epidemiological safety requirements, such as the use of masks or respirators, maintaining distance, organize the events or provide the services only to visitors/clients with vaccination or recovery certificates.

You can get the booster shot if:

  • 3 months have passed after receiving the last vaccine for people aged 65 and over and immunosuppressed people;
  • 6 months have passed (but no earlier than 3 months) after receiving the last vaccine for other people;
  • 4-6 months have passed (but no earlier than 3 months) after contracting Covid‑19.

From 22 November 2022, State-paid Covid-19 testing will be carried out on an outpatient basis only with a doctor's referral. Professional antigen tests are more widely used for testing, except in the case of patients belonging to specific health risk groups, where a doctor prescribes the SARS-CoV-2 RNA test or polymerase chain reaction.

Book a visit to a Covid-19 testing site by phone:
  • Phone for centralised Covid-19 testing - 8303
  • Central Laboratory - +371 67334433
  • E. Gulbja Laboratory - +371 67801112
  • MFD Laboratory - +371 66164601
  • NMS Laboratory - +371 67144015
  • State Scientific Institute "BIOR" - +371 28369560
  • Labaratory "BIOCON" - +371 20006062
  • Sendito, SIA, FuturaLab – 26434339;
  • Opening hours of phone lines and testing sites are available on the National Health Service website.
Book a visit to a Covid-19 testing site electronically:

 

To protect against the coronavirus, Covid-19 vaccines stimulate the immune system of the vaccinated person, as a result of which some persons, due to the nature of their body, may experience some of the expected reactions or side effects:

  • reaction at the place of injection (redness, swelling and pain at the injection site),
  • fever,
  • chills and fatigue.

Significant adverse reactions following vaccination are extremely rare and the risk is not comparable to the consequences of exposure to transmittable infectious disease-causing agents circulating in the community and the environment and the diseases they cause.

The virus spreads through saliva and nasal secretions of an infected person:

  • Through direct contact with an infected person
  • With tiny drops arising from speaking, sneezing or coughing.
  • By touching surfaces and articles contaminated with respiratory secreations.

Preventative measures for Covid-19 are similar to those which would be used in the case of other infections of the upper respiratory system. Engage in frequent hand-washing, especially after coming into proximity with people who are ill or with people in their circle of contacts. When coughing or sneezing, be sure to dispose of kleenex (facial tissues) after a single use, and then wash your hands.

Evaluate the risks and decide on the safest course of action! It is especially important for everyone to start and complete vaccination against Covid-19, as well as to receive a booster vaccine.

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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