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The general health care professionals prioritize vaccinations against COVID-19

The minister of health and work Tanel Kiik signed an order that reorganizes the work of the family physicians on Monday, the 25th of October. Due to the worsening pandemic, all family medicine practices provide vaccinations against COVID-19 to everybody, not just people on their lists. By the order of the Estonian Health Board, the scheduled treatments in the family medicine practices are put on hold. 

From the 27th of October, all the family medicine centres in Estonia, focus on the vaccination against COVID-19, all stages of vaccinations are available (first, second and third doses), also the flu vaccines for people 65 years and older. Family doctors and nurses will vaccinate all people, and they don't have to be signed with that practice. 

By the order of the Estonian Health Board, since the 25th of October, all Estonian Health Services are on Level 2 standby. It means the standby level is raised in an emergency, stationary medicine, and general health care. Therefore, temporary restrictions to the availability of all health care services are likely, and there are other requirements to be met in health care. 

The order, signed by the chief of the Estonian Health Board, states that to provide the vaccinations against COVID-19, general medicine practices have the right to put on hold services like health checks for people with non-urgent chronic illnesses, all screenings, preventive health checks for 2-year-olds and older, signing non-urgent medical records and certifications. Other activities like health checks for under 2-year-olds, also immunizations for kids, urgent and active chronic illnesses, or mental health issues, are still continuing. 

Within the last 14 days, 1195 infections per 100K people have been reported, and the peak is expected to rise. Also, the number of people in the hospital is rising. About 55% of the population is fully vaccinated, 65% among the adults, among people 60 years and older, this percentage is 71. 

The Source: Ministry of Social Affairs

Everything you should know about the COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccination is free of charge for all people living in Estonia, even without the national health insurance.
  • Vaccination is voluntary.
  • Vaccination is open to all people who are at least 5 years old.
  • Compared to COVID-19 illness, vaccination is safe, and generally, the side effects pass quickly.
  • Booster doses are available only for adults, and the time for a booster jab is 2 months after finishing the vaccination course with the Janssen vaccine, and 3 months after finishing the vaccination course with AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
  • Booster doses for people, who are recovered from COVID-19 are recommended 6 months after their recovery or their last vaccination.
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