Over the last 24 hours, 860 new cases of coronavirus infection and 15 more deaths have been registered in Lithuania, the Department of Statistics reported this morning.
During the last 24 hours, 1,353 people recovered.
Also listed are 5 coronavirus deaths when the actual date of death was earlier.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 181,028 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed in the country.
126,548 people recovered.
The number of active cases is 49,584.
So far, 2,762 people have died from COVID-19.
In the last 24 hours, 3,136 people received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 3,270 people received a second dose.
According to the Ministry of Healthcare, the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine will next be issued to employees of educational and social institutions.
The Ministry of Healthcare announced that this group includes educators who had direct contact with students during the lockdown and employees of social welfare institutions.
Vaccination of educators who will have direct contact with students after the resumption of school work will also be a priority.
The Ministry of Healthcare informs that people diagnosed with COVID-19 will be able to be vaccinated three months after the date of diagnosis.
The European Medicines Agency has approved the vaccine by the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca against COVID-19, but our medical services will not vaccinate people aged 55+ with it, says Vice Minister of Healthcare Živilė Simonaitytė.
“AstraZeneca has already been approved by the European Medicines Agency. (…) I am not familiar with the details yet, but to the best of my knowledge, research on vaccines was not comprehensive enough in the 55+ group, so it is not recommended to use this vaccine for these people,” the vice minister told BNS.
According to her, the studies were conducted on younger people, so it is unclear if the vaccine is effective enough among older age groups.
According to Ž. Simonaitytė, Lithuania will follow recommendations and the AstraZeneca vaccine will only be used for younger people.
The vice minister also admitted that, so far, Lithuania has not yet received full documentation on the approval of the vaccine, but is convinced that it will happen in the near future.
According to President Gitanas Nausėda, the vaccination schedule presented by the Ministry of Healthcare, which outlines mass vaccinations of residents only from July, differs from EU targets.
He believes that it should be corrected.