On Thursday, the government extended the quarantine until June while opening shops, bars, fitness clubs and museums. The relaxation of the restrictions will take effect within two weeks.
“Let’s create such predictable epidemiological conditions for the next two weeks that there will be no big surprises in both directions. For two weeks, let’s get ready for the next two weeks,” Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said during the government meeting.
“I sincerely hope that everything will be done carefully, in stages, and at the same time further vaccinations and tests will help to get the situation under control, and somewhere along the way the Ministry of Economics and Innovation, together with other ministries, will prepare additional decisions on the so-called passport of opportunities (galimybių pasas),” she added.
From April 19, it will be possible to open cinemas, professional theatres and auditoriums, organize outdoor and indoor events with viewers.
Vilnius City Hall invites residents aged 55+ to register for vaccinations. Registration at https://vakcina.vilnius.lt/ starts today, Thursday and will continue while the vaccine stocks last.
The press release of the capital city council emphasizes that the city has 2,880 doses of Vaxzevria (formerly AstraZeneca). The Vilnius municipality planned on Monday to use the full stock of Vaxzevria vaccines for priority groups. Just over 1,000 people were vaccinated last Monday, although the plan was to use the full amount available – over 4,000 doses. Thus, there are almost 3,000 doses to be used.
Lithuania and Latvia have asked Denmark to donate AstraZeneca vaccines. Yesterday, the Danish authorities announced that they would no longer administer this vaccine.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonyte said that if Denmark considered the possibility of donating the stockpile of AstraZeneki vaccines, Lithuania would gladly accept them. She assured that in her country there would be many willing to get vaccinated with this vaccine.
“If additional AstraZeneca vaccines were obtained from Denmark, it is likely that mass vaccination would begin in Lithuania,” said Healthcare Minister Arūnas Dulkys.
“Depending on the situation and at the same time it is very likely that we will have other vaccines for vaccination of priority groups, it is quite likely that we will start mass vaccinations,” said A. Dulkys during the government hour at Seimas. According to him, it would be possible to vaccinate anyone who believes that “the overall benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks, allowing as many people as possible to return to a normal life.”