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How does the vaccine work?

Last update 17.06.2021

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.

At the same time, vaccination of priority groups is continuing, so GPs are asked to follow the principle of priority groups when compiling their list of vaccinees, first vaccinating the elderly population and the population with chronic diseases.

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:

    • 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.

See the map of Covid-19 vaccination centres here.

Source reference

Slimību profilakses un kontroles centrs

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Veselības ministrija

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