The irregularity and unpredictability of vaccine deliveries by AstraZeneca prompted us to provide priority services to people who are waiting for the second dose from current deliveries to Poland, said Michał Kuczmierowski, president of the Governmental Strategic Reserves Agency. He referred to reports of the government’s withdrawal from the administration of the first dose of this preparation. The head of RARS ensured that anyone who would want to receive the first dose of the vaccine from AstraZeneka would be able to do so.
On Wednesday, “Gazeta Wyborcza” reported that the Polish government is resigning from administering the first dose of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. This preparation – according to the journal – would be administered only to people who are still waiting for the second dose.
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An e-mail sent to “GW” by the Government Strategic Reserves Agency was also quoted, which read: “Due to the unpredictability and irregularity of deliveries to Poland of AstraZeneca’s vaccination preparation with the first dose of the above-mentioned preparation, all deliveries of this preparation are being allocated to securing the second dose”.
“Anyone who wants can sign up for AstraZeneka vaccination”
The President of the Government Strategic Reserves Agency (RARS), Michał Kuczmierowski, later explained that “the irregularity and unpredictability of vaccine deliveries by AstraZeneca prompted us to temporarily provide priority services to people waiting for the second dose from current deliveries to Poland”.
– We protect ourselves in this way, because one of our priorities is the safety of people vaccinated in accordance with the requirements of producers – he told PAP. The situation – as he pointed out – will return to normal as the supplies stabilize.
He assured that “there is no problem for people who would like to get vaccinated with the first dose of Astra Zeneka, do it”. – There are still some stocks of vaccines from this company at the vaccination points and anyone who wants to can sign up for AstraZeneka vaccination – emphasized Kuczmierowski.
In an interview with tvn24.pl, he explained the reasons for such a strategy. – We cannot afford that someone will wait for the second dose to be vaccinated and there will be no vaccinations – he said. He stressed that “there is no question of withdrawing” from vaccination with AstraZeneki.
He assured that people signed up for the first dose for the next few days would be able to take it. “Everything is planned, everything is delivered,” he said. He added that there would be no situation where someone would be sent back and not be vaccinated. Kuczmierowski also explained that the message quoted by “GW” “was about mass sending vaccines to vaccination points.”
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Vaccinations against COVID-19
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health published new vaccination schedules against COVID-19. The interval between doses of the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines has been shortened.
The Ministry allowed vaccinations against COVID-19 in the National Immunization Program to be performed with Pfizera Comirnaty after 21 days (not longer than 42 days) between doses, and COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna after 28 days (not longer than 42 days) between doses. Vaxzevria AstraZeneca in the two-dose schedule is to be administered with an interval of 35 days (but not more than 84 days) between doses.
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