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Belonging to a COVID-19 risk group can be checked from the patient portal

Everyone can now check from the patient portal digilugu.ee whether they belong to a COVID-19 risk group. The information is displayed to both already vaccinated people and people who wish to make an appointment for vaccination.

„The new solution allows a person to see whether he or she is included in a COVID-19 risk group,“ explained Katrin Reinhold, the director of the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre that created the solution. The possibility to display information about belonging to a risk group does not, however,mean that the person will immediately be able to book an appointment for a vaccination.

„A possibility to book a vaccination appointment can be found on the digital registry if a medical institution itself has made the appointments available at the digital registry,“ Reinhold explained that the solution was created mainly to inform people. „As there was great interest in displaying the risk group information yesterday, we had to limit the number of people who had access to the service simultaneously, to disperse the load. As of today, the solution is working but if there are any problems with logging into the patient portal, we ask you to try again in a little while.”

Family doctors continue use the phone or an SMS notification to invite risk group patients in their lists to come for vaccinations. Currently, the digital registry offers the possibility to book a vaccination appointment to people in a risk group who were born in 1960 or earlier. The digital registry provides for a possibility to book an appointment to those family health centres and hospitals that have connected themselves to the digital registry and made their open vaccination appointments available there.

The healthcare institutions add appointments to the digital registry when they have enough vaccine to open up additional opportunities to book a vaccination appointment. The open vaccination appointments will be announced by the medical institutions themselves; if the vaccine volumes are larger, there will also be national announcements.

According to Maivi Parv, a member of the Management Board of the Estonian Health Board, the priority of COVID-19 vaccinations is to protect those who are the most vulnerable to severe progression of the disease, i.e. people who are in a risk group due to their advanced age or health condition. Parv stressed that the digital registry is one additional way to book a vaccination appointment. “The COVID-19 risk group in Estonia consists of 370,000 people who have been assessed to be at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 based on the diagnoses set as the main diagnosis and prescriptions issued in the last five years. To date, more than 100,000 of them have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccine,” said Maivi Parv. “The information added to the patient portal helps people to figure out whether they have been included in the COVID-19 risk group. People who belong in a risk group but have not received an invitation for a vaccination yet, will also know to expect an invitation in the near future. People who are not in the risk group will get an opportunity to get vaccinated starting from May.”

Until May, the special weekend vaccination projects will continue, in order to help along regions that have a higher rate of infection or lower vaccine coverage, and to prepare for the larger-scale vaccination starting from May.

If there are any questions, help can be found from the state helpline 1247, family doctors’ advice line 1220 and the user support line of the Health Board, 669 6630.

Source: Estonian Health Insurance Fund

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