Dworczyk was asked in the RMF FM about the issue of vaccination records by the elderly, the lonely, from small towns. ‘I am convinced that together we will do everything we can to ensure that every senior citizen or a person with limited mobility has relatively easy access to both the records and then the vaccination,’ he declared.

 

He also reminded of the possibilities of records. You will do that via the Internet - by creating a Patient's Internet Account or logging in to the PIA, at your GP or vaccination centre, or by calling the free and 24-hour National Vaccination Program helpline - 989. 

 

He also explained that people who have limited mobility would be able to report the need for transport, signing up for vaccination. Each case will be considered individually. As the minister explained, there are various possibilities, for example of lying people, there will be an opportunity to send a vaccination team. 

 

Dworczyk expressed his hope that more situations would, however, involve taking people to vaccination points. Such assistance would be directed, as he said, ‘to people who have limited mobility or for physical reasons, but perhaps also for communication reasons’. As he pointed out, there are many rural, rural-urban municipalities where there is no communication. 

 

‘Such transportation will be organized by local governments, which, by the way, have their municipalities mapped out well and know where senior citizens live,’ he explained. 

 

In the process of transport - as the Minister emphasized - the State Fire Service and Volunteer Fire Brigades would also be very important, co-organizing transport in many places in Poland. 

 

Dworczyk, when asked whether people without family, neighbours, telephone, television or radio would ‘fall out’ of the vaccination system, referred to the cooperation with the local authorities. ‘Each local government will strive to ensure that as many people as possible in their municipality are vaccinated,’ he said. He also pointed out that such persons are usually cared for by social welfare centres. ‘Therefore, it is also the social welfare centres that will play an important role in the whole process, to map these people,’ he said. 

 

Vaccinations in Poland take place in stages according to the groups described in the national program. It started on December 27th. Currently, people from the ‘zero’ group are vaccinated, which includes, among other health care workers and parents of premature babies. 

 

From 25th January, the vaccinations for those classified in-group ‘one’ will start. It includes senior citizens over 60 years of age (vaccination will be carried out from the oldest people), residents of social welfare homes and care, nursing and care facilities and other places of stationary residence, uniformed services and teachers. The process of registering the general vaccination of Poles against COVID-19 will start on 15th January.