Czech Health Minister Urges High-Risk Individuals to Get COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines this Autumn

Czech Health Minister Vlastimil Valek emphasized the importance of COVID-19 and flu vaccinations for high-risk individuals during a recent press conference on the epidemiological situation. He urged those at higher risk of infection, including the elderly, chronically ill individuals, and those with weakened immune systems, to seek vaccination this autumn. The latest vaccines have been adapted to address the latest variants of the virus and will be available free of charge to anyone who wants them.

Deputy Minister Josef Pavlovic stated that vaccine supplies have started arriving gradually this week, with most people being able to get vaccinated by their general practitioner.

While acknowledging a recent increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, Minister Valek noted that there has been no significant rise in hospitalizations due to the virus. According to data from the Ministry of Health, nearly 900 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, and this number has been steadily increasing since July.

Chief Public Health Officer Pavla Svrcinova explained that the increase in positive tests by about 8% year-on-year was expected as people returned from holidays, autumn began, and collective activities resumed.

Both Minister Valek and Svrcinova confirmed that there are currently no plans to implement new anti-epidemic measures or reintroduce isolation and quarantine for infected individuals. Valek stated that the existing system is in place, and no further changes or measures are currently under consideration. Isolation decisions for infected individuals will continue to be made at the discretion of attending physicians or health stations.

Minister Valek reassured the public that COVID-19 vaccines will remain free for anyone who wishes to receive them. Roman Chlibek, Chairman of the Czech Vaccinological Society, recommended that medical workers and individuals living with people at risk should also consider getting vaccinated. Chlibek emphasized the importance of receiving one dose of the adapted vaccine, regardless of the number of previous doses, to address new strains of the virus effectively.

As the autumn season progresses and the risk of respiratory illnesses rises, health authorities are encouraging individuals, particularly those vulnerable to severe illness, to take proactive measures such as vaccination to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19 and flu infections.

Article by Prague Forum

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