Vaccinations in Poland take place in stages according to the groups described in the national program. It started on December 27th. The vaccination of the ‘zero’ group - health care personnel (medical and non-medical, administration) and parents of premature infants, is ongoing. 

 

From 25 January, people from the ‘first’ group can be vaccinated. First, seniors over 70 years old, nursing home residents, then people over 60 years old, teachers and uniformed services.

 

‘Unless we vaccinate 5-6 million citizens, it is difficult to talk about such a situation that vaccination will change the course of the epidemic. The reality must be treated in a way that assumes that autumn-winter period, the January-February period are the peaks of infections every year caused by respiratory viruses, and so is the situation this year, where the dominant pathogen for this type of disease is the coronavirus - said on the Republic Television, prof. Grzegorz Gielerak. 

 

The level of infections in Poland varies up to 10 thousand coronavirus’ infections a day. ‘Can we talk about a stabilized epidemic situation in Poland?’, asked the editor Gójska. 

 

‘We are in a period when everything can happen. Let's be aware that the information on the number of infected people, the number of tests performed and the attitude of Poles wanted to be tested does not reflect the real problem of the epidemic threat we face. The number of infections is between 10 - 12 thousand. This amount clearly indicates that we have an epidemic with a high number of infections,’ he said.

 

He added that, de facto, in Poland, based on the latest data, we should announce that we have a yellow zone and cut down some of the restrictions, but this would be a far-reaching simplification and ‘transferring ordinary statistics to reality, and those two things do not necessarily fit together in this particular situation.’ 

 

‘We are not an island. See what's happening in the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain. The same can happen in our country as well, in case we free up a little bit, or cut down the epidemic safety restrictions that are imposed today. Unfortunately, I don't have good information, I think that taking into account what time of year we have - the peak of this kind of infections - this is not a good time to cut down restrictions. Especially since we have started a mass vaccination campaign,’ he said, emphasizing that it is difficult to vaccinate a population in which we have a raging epidemic.

 

‘It's somehow impossible, or to put it mildly, it's enormously difficult,’ he added.