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The Covid-19 vaccine and the vaccination process in Latvia

How does the vaccine work?

Last update 14.04.2021

Voluntary vaccination against Covid-19 is a safe way to protect yourself from symptomatic viral disease. Therefore, it is the only real step towards the possibility of returning to the life that existed before the pandemic.

Applying for the Covid-19 vaccine

According to our country’s vaccination plan, the vaccination of medical staff, seniors, and long-term social care workers and clients is underway. In order to effectively plan the workload and capacity of vaccination centres, it is possible to apply for the Covid-19 vaccine early.

There are four ways for inhabitants of Latvia to register for the vaccine:

  • on the website;

  • by calling the toll-free number 8989;

  • employers can submit lists of their employees (people are still invited to apply individually without waiting for their employer to make an application);

  • with the help of a GP;

  • persons in priority groups receive the vaccine first;
  • the rest of the applications received within one calendar month are processed equally, and on a random basis;
  • the website is also available in Russian.

Toll Free Number 8989

  • By calling 8989, the toll free Covid-19 vaccine application number, residents can not only register for the Covid-19 vaccine, but also receive answers to their questions about the vaccination process

  • When making a call, citizens must identify themselves with their personal identification number and name/surname and provide their telephone number and/or e-mail address

  • You can also provide a second phone number - belonging to another person close to you - to feel confident that you will actually be reached when it is time to get vaccinated

Frequently asked questions about the vaccination process are available on the SPKC website

See the map of Covid-19 vaccination centres here.

Find out more!

In order for the vaccination rollout to run smoothly, large vaccination centres have been created in Latvia and will resume operation as soon as sufficient number of Covid-19 vaccines will have been received.

More information on the reopening of the large vaccination centres will be provided by the Ministry of Health. Please note that vaccination rollout is organised by priority groups, first vaccinating the most vulnerable groups of the society.

The vaccination rollout is currently underway for the following groups of people:

  • medical practitioners;
  • persons with complex medical indications;
  • employees and residents of social care centres;
  • seniors from the age of 60;
  • people with chronic diseases;
  • parents of seriously ill children and persons sharing a household with them;
  • carers of seriously ill persons;
  • pre-school, special education institution, and years 1-6 teachers and staff who come into close contact with children during the performance of their work duties.

The full list of priority groups is available here!

Number of persons vaccinated against Covid-19

Statistical data on the unique number of persons vaccinated against Covid-19.
Moderna, Pfizer-Biontech and Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) vaccines provide full protection after two doses, and the graph shows the number of persons who have received the first dose. These individuals are gradually receiving the second dose.

Information on the number of persons vaccinated against Covid-19 is collected and published on the Open Data Portal by the National Health Service, based on data submitted to the eHealth Portal. The information is subject to change, as information on vaccination must be published in the eHealth portal within one to five working days of vaccination.

Source reference

Slimību profilakses un kontroles centrs

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Veselības ministrija

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