Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia
Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Apply for the vaccine:
- On the website manavakcina.lv
- By contacting your PG or medical institutions that provide vaccination against Covid-19 (A list of addresses and contact information of medical institutions and GP practices that vaccinate against Covid-19.)
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.
Yes, a person who has recovered from Covid-19 and who has received a full vaccination course against Covid-19 can receive the booster vaccine 6 months after the recovery or the end of the vaccination course (whichever applies last). We recommend that you talk to your GP or a specialist introducing the vaccine before receiving a booster vaccine.
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:
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),
- 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.