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How does the vaccine work?

Last update 16.09.2021

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.

Currently, the place and time of vaccination can be chosen by those residents who: 
  • register on the website or by phone 8989;
  • have not received the vaccine in any of the previous free-line trials;
  • have not previously applied for Covid-19 vaccination;
  • foreign citizens living in Latvia, if the right to receive state-paid health services has been acquired:
    • persons with a permanent or temporary residence permit in Latvia;
    • foreign students studying full-time, proven by a student card or a certificate of studies issued by the educational institution;
    • persons who are employed in Latvia and for whom social insurance contributions are paid, or self-employed persons whose income reaches the amount of mandatory contributions specified by the Cabinet of Ministers;
    • persons who have received an S1 form in a Member State of the European Union (EU), a country of the European Economic Area (EEA), or in Switzerland and have registered it with the National Health Service (NVD);
    • persons who can present a decision of the NVD, confirming the person’s right to receive full state-paid health care services in Latvia.

Applying for the Covid-19 vaccine

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

  • on the website;

  • 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;

  • by calling the toll-free number 8989:

    • residents can not only register for the Covid-19 vaccine, but also receive answers to their questions about the vaccination process;

    • 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.

See the map of Covid-19 vaccination centres here.

Who is considered a vaccinated person?
  • from the 22nd day until the ninetieth day after receiving the first dose of the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)* vaccine:
    • in order to also be considered vaccinated against Covid-19 3 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.
  • 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);
    • Spikevax (Moderna) (two doses required);
    • Janssen (one dose required).

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

From 21 July, people who have recovered from Covid-19 will be able to obtain a vaccination certificate after receiving one dose out of two dose Covid-19 vaccine within 180 days after a laboratory-confirmed positive Covid-19 test. 

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