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‘Strict measures’ ruled out in government’s fall Covid strategy


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Registration for the coronavirus booster vaccine began in the Czech Republic this Monday. Physicians have been allowed to administer the vaccine since mid-July, but until now it was on an ad-hoc basis without pre-registration, with about 95,000 people taking advantage of this reserve option.

As for the country’s epidemic situation, data from the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (IHIS) show a decline in summer coronavirus waves, with fewer infections, hospitalizations and ICU patients. .

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At a press conference on Monday, Health Minister Vlastimil Válek said the start of the fall coronavirus wave would likely be in late November if the number of cases continued to decline in August.

“This gives us plenty of time to deliver booster shots in September and October, giving us a wider window of vaccination.”

Supporting the movement to revaccinate people is a CZK 50 million government campaign whose slogan is Get vaccinated for a life without fear. September.

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When it came to what restrictions the government would implement to deal with the next wave, Válek assured the public that “hard measures” would be avoided.

“It has been shown and clearly confirmed by researchers in Germany and other countries that all these draconian measures that have been implemented have had no significant effect. They represent a huge loss for industry and the economy as a whole.” It only meant

“Yes, it may have been justified in the days when there was not much information about the disease, but today we know it is useless.”

Previously enacted measures, such as restrictions on those who have not been vaccinated or allowing access to certain venues only to those who can provide a negative coronavirus test result, have been ruled out. However, Válek stressed that the ministry recommends wearing face masks and respirators in high-risk settings, such as medical and social welfare facilities.

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The minister also said that members of the public will be able to take advantage of free antigen tests once a month from the fall period without requiring prior permission from their primary care physician.

“In the fall, we could have two epidemics at once. , analysts expect it to occur about three to four weeks after the flu epidemic begins.

“This is why we want insurance companies to agree that patients who feel they have a cold or any other symptoms can take antigen tests to find out if they have Covid. I would like to organize it in

Regarding the latest vaccine to combat Covid’s Omicron mutation, the Health Minister said the European Medicines Agency will approve the Moderna vaccine, which boosts immunity against the Omicron BA.1 variant, sometime in September. A vaccine should theoretically be available in the EU in October or November of this year.

https://english.radio.cz/draconian-measures-ruled-out-governments-autumn-covid-strategy-8758840 ‘Strict measures’ ruled out in government’s fall Covid strategy

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