18 February 2021

Will we save on covid?

The authorities of St. Petersburg have almost tripled their plans for mass vaccination


The plan to vaccinate up to 3.5 million residents in St. Petersburg has almost tripled. Now the authorities expect that 1.2 million vaccinated people will be enough, and perhaps even less. The figure is registered in the regional project "Vaccination", its customer, director of the city center for Medical prevention Dmitry Chentsov, said in an interview with Fontanka on February 17.

"The task is to achieve it (collective immunity – ed.) in 6 months. We must vaccinate 1.2 million residents over the age of 18 who do not have contraindications," Chentsov explained. "It appeared by subtracting from the total number of those who are under the age of 18 who have been ill (about 2 million people), as well as deducting those who have contraindications – oncological, autoimmune diseases, pregnant and lactating."

According to him, such a calculation methodology was developed in a working group under the interdepartmental city coordinating council for countering the spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in St. Petersburg under the leadership of Academician Yevgeny Shlyakhto. But it is already clear that as people get vaccinated, they will continue to get sick, and this number may be adjusted downwards. For example, up to 1 million people.

As Fontanka wrote, back in January, Vice-Governor Oleg Ergashev said that in general, 1.5 to 3.5 million people should be vaccinated in St. Petersburg. And he considered it quite possible, given that 3.5 million people were vaccinated against influenza last year, according to the official, with approximately the same network of vaccination points. But even then there were questions about these plans.

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