The government can no longer boast of being among the leaders in vaccination. The difference between the number of vaccines delivered to vaccination centers and the number of those vaccinated is increasing.
According to the government website Vaccination Report, less than 12 million vaccinations were carried out until the end of April. But vaccination points received nearly 700,000 more vaccines. And the deliveries of another 250,000 doses were being carried out.
The matter is all the more worrying as a large proportion of vaccines end up in small vaccination points that cannot stockpile them. They must use up all doses received in the given week before Sunday. Larger points have the ability to store AstraZeneka vaccines in refrigerators. But the freezing conditions needed for longer storage of mRNA vaccines – and the most are administered of these – are left to only a few hospitals.
“The differences may have different reasons in each case – sometimes vaccinations are reported late, sometimes vaccination sites have a handy supply of vaccines for the next few days,” the Government Strategic Reserve Agency explained.
It also reminded us that there are various vaccines on the market with different expiry dates. However, last week the government ordered vaccination points to report how many vaccines they keep in their refrigerators. They must do this at least once a week, but ideally, they should do it every day.