Covid-19. April 02

Vaccination. Obi Onyeador. Unsplash

The capital’s municipality intends to vaccinate up to 17 thousand residents of Vilnius, belonging to several priority groups during, the holiday weekend and two days after it. Vaccinations will be performed with the vaccine Vaxzevria (formerly AstraZeneca), a large supply of which has reached Lithuania.

Retirees, teachers, lecturers, adult high school graduates, people suffering from chronic diseases and members of foreign missions are already invited to register online and choose the preferred vaccination date.

Registration takes place via the website By registering through the government platform Elektroniniai valdžios vartai, you will be able to choose one of the possible dates of vaccination (Saturday-Tuesday) and one of four clinics – Centro, Antakalnio, Šeškinės and Karoliniškių.

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health for keeping their word and devoting 17,000 vaccine doses to the city. For our part, we will launch the vaccination at full speed – we will work on weekends, on holidays, we will try to reach every Vilnius resident belonging to the priority group, until we use the entire vaccine arsenal,” said the Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius.

Perhaps on April 12, retail outlets in shopping centres will open. The government has announced that it will make a decision on this matter immediately after Easter.

According to the announcements, it is planned to open all stores, including those operating in large shopping centres, which do not have a separate entrance from the outside.

On Friday, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė, Minister of Economy and Health Minister met Rūta Vainienė, head of the Lithuanian Trade Companies Association. After the meeting, R. Vainienė said that the government was planning to make decisions next week and that the institutions could open on April 12.

After meeting with traders, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė confirmed in her press release that the government is considering the possibility of opening shopping centres and, if the epidemiological situation allows it, they may start work on April 12.

Zofia Matarewicz, the headmaster of the school-kindergarten Vilija informed that most probably after the Christmas holidays, the pupils of the primary classes will return to school. The kindergarten operating in this facility is open and operates according to general covid principles adopted by the government.

“After the decision of the Vilnius City council about the possibility of returning to contact education, but observing certain safety rules, we informed parents about the possibility of their children returning to school. 70 per cent were in favour of going back to school, 30 percent still want distance learning,” the headmistress informed.

The collected responses were sent to the local government, which entered the school on the list of schools that could open their doors after the one-week Easter break.

“Now it all depends on the parents themselves. All those who want their children to return to school must write an official request and send it to us,” says Z. Matarewicz.

In the clinic in Santariškės, the number of COVID-19 beds in intensive care units was increased.

The clinical hospital in Vilnius, with the exception of the maternity and children’s wards, may completely transform into a covid hospital.

As of today, the hospital has opened a ward with 50 beds and six intensive care places for patients with Covid-19.

Clinic management director Aušra Bilotienė-Motiejūnienė said that as the number of seriously ill patients increases, patients will also be discharged at weekends, while patients in severe and moderately severe condition will be treated.

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