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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.

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.

The regulations specify when a person is considered to be vaccinated against Covid-19:

  • From the 15th day after being fully vaccinated with any other vaccine registered by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent vaccine registered by a regulator or recognised by the World Health Organisation in accordance with the instructions for use of the vaccine: 
    • Comirnaty (Pfizer) (two doses required);
    • Moderna (two doses required);
    • Janssen (one dose required).
  • From the 22nd day until the 90th day after receiving the 1st dose of the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)* vaccine:
    • in order to also be considered vaccinated against Covid-19 three months after receiving the first dose, the person must have received a booster dose by the 90th day;
    • after being vaccinated, the person continues to have the status of a vaccinated person, but if the booster dose is not received by the 90th day, the person can no longer be considered vaccinated.

*For travel purposes, two doses + 14 full days are required

 

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.
     

Adults:

  • Persons with a vaccination or recovery certificate have the opportunity to continue training both individually and in training groups of up to 20 participants.
  • For persons who cannot present a vaccination or recovery certificate, individual physical activities without a coach can take place outdoors without restriction.

Children:

  • Unvaccinated children can exercise indoors individually - one-on-one with a vaccinated coach (several individual training sessions cannot take place in one room). 
  • Swimming teaching classes are available for children under 12, but not sports swimming classes. 
  • Indoor sports in a group are also possible within one class. 
  • Children with a vaccination or recovery certificate in a group of up to 20 participants can participate in outdoor sports training under the guidance of a vaccinated coach.
  • Pupils with a test performed at school, as well as children of pre-school educational institutions - up to 20 participants in a group can participate in sports trainings under the guidance of a vaccinated coach outdoors. 
  • The groups do not overlap.

Only pupils who have a vaccination or recovery certificate can participate in full-time interest education and vocational education programs without restrictions. 
For pupils who have not been fully vaccinated or have not recovered from Covid-19, interest education and vocational programs are held remotely or in person with a negative Covid-19 test result (except for pre-schoolers):

  • within one class (if the learners are not pupils of other classes at the same time),
  • individually (except for children living in the same household),
  • outdoors no more than 20 learners from different classes.
     

On weekends and public holidays in shopping centres with floor area exceeding 1500 m2 and with more than five points of sale, only the following stores will be available:

  • grocery stores (with food, hygiene products and animal feed being 70% of the assortment);
  • pharmacies (including veterinary);
  • opticians;
  • pet food stores;
  • press outlets;
  • hygiene goods stores (with hygiene items being 70 % of the assortment);
  • telecommunications goods and service providers;
  • providers of essential economic services (e.g. bank branches, dry cleaners, key services, etc.).

This restriction applies to everyone, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated. The purpose of the restriction is to reduce the possibility of a prolonged stay in shopping centres, thus reducing the risk of getting infected or infecting others.
During a pandemic, we encourage residents to visit stores as infrequently as possible, to shop for a longer period of time, or to buy products via distance sales (online stores, etc.)

Parents with children can visit shops and receive services if the parents observe safety measures and:

  • children from the age of 7 wear face masks properly;
  • children under the age of 12 visit shops together with parents who can present a vaccination or recovery certificate;
  • children under the age of 12 together with parents who cannot present a vaccination or recovery certificate may visit grocery stores, pharmacies (including veterinary), animal feed stores, press outlets, hygiene goods stores, telecommunication goods and service providers, petrol stations;
  • children from the age of 12 shall present a certificate of vaccination, recovery or testing, or a laboratory certificate of a negative screening test performed within the last 72 hours, when visiting shops or places of provision of economic services available to vaccinated persons.

Vaccinated parents can attend cultural events with their children. Children from the age of 12 must present a certificate of vaccination, recovery or testing or a laboratory certificate of a negative screening test performed within the last 72 hours. Cultural events must have a separate sector for parents with children.

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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