Covid-19. April 30

Covid-19, a mask. Bruno Kelzer Unsplash

The COVID-19 vaccine has side effects – return to normal life, concerts, visits to restaurants, sports clubs or mass runs. With this message, the Vilnius City Council is launching a new advertising campaign inviting young residents to vaccinate.

The idea of the campaign was proposed onlinr by Matas Grecevičius, who agreed to give it as a gift to the Vilnius City Council.

“Next week, we will vaccinate all residents over 45 years of age. Seeing the pace of work of Vilnius vaccination centres, we have no doubts that soon we will be able to invite even younger residents of Vilnius. We understand that you need to talk to them in a different language – they don’t feel threatened, so the arguments have to be different. We emphasize the benefits of the vaccine – the return of young people to normal life,” says Lina Koriznienė, director of the Vilnius city municipal administration.

According to Grecevičius, who came up with the idea of the campaign, his information field was dominated by negative information about the side effects of vaccines, so the idea was born to show their fundamental positive impact.

Lots of Russian COVID-19 vaccine delivered to Brazil contains a viable virus that causes symptoms of the common cold, the South American pharmacovigilance agency Anvista said, explaining the decision to ban the import of the vaccine.

Canadian virologist Angela Rasmussen told the AFP news agency the discovery “raises questions about the reliability of the manufacturing processes” and the safety of the vaccine for people with weaker immune systems if the problem turns out to be large-scale.

The problem is with the “adenoviral vector”, a virus that usually causes mild respiratory disease but cannot reproduce in genetically modified vaccines and is designed to transfer genetic instructions into human cells and stimulate the production of the viral protein equivalent.

To this end, two different adenoviral vectors were used in Sputnik V: adenovirus type 26 (Ad26) for the first vaccine and adenovirus type 5 (Ad5) for the second.

Tomorrow, an amendment to the law enters into force, which provides for a simplified procedure for allowing vaccinations against COVID-19. Residents will no longer have to fill out paper forms.

The amendments assume that people who come to the vaccination centre will not have to consent to vaccination in writing. The simplified procedure is to apply when a quarantine or emergency situation has been announced in the country.

The Seimas also provided for the condition that during the vaccination the patient should receive information related to the vaccine.

From May, registration for vaccinations will be carried out by the hotline 1808, which currently registers residents for tests.

The head of the Kaunas ambulance service, which is the line coordinator, Nerijus Mikelionis said that in order to ensure a smooth workflow, the number of employees will be doubled.

The hotline is to be launched at full capacity in mid-May.

An additional 60 workplaces will be created in the centre, therefore an additional 120 people will have to be employed.

The Ministry of Healthcare announced that the changes will be presented in the near future.

Line 1808 will also keep electronic records for vaccinations.

Mikelionis added that the website is currently being improved.

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