Statistics about vaccination

statistics about vaccination Romanian and World Health Organisation experts discussed Romania’s worrying epidemiological situation.

Romania set new vaccination targets after failing to meet its previous targets due to its population's reticence to vaccination. The national committee coordinating vaccination now says its target is for 2 million people to receive the first dose by the end of the year, to reach 45% of the population, with a second target being the vaccination of 70% of the population in the first quarter of 2022. 

These statements came after talks between Romanian and World Health Organisation experts in an attempt to find solutions to curb the very high increase in severe cases and related fatalities. The optimism of the health authorities in Bucharest is not supported by the Word Health Organisation, which estimates that given the vaccination pace seen in the last six weeks and the current vaccination strategies in place, it will take seven months for 40% of Romania's population to receive the vaccine and 31 months to hit the 70% target. However, the World Health Organisation has noted a constant rise in the vaccination rate in the last 3 weeks, especially among people under the age of 50. 

According to a press release, 92% of Covid-related fatalities in Romania were among unvaccinated people. Most of the people who died had other diseases, as well, but there were also deaths among young people, children and the active population. Romania is on the last but one place in the European Union with respect to vaccination, with only about 30% of its population being vaccinated, and much below the world average. The country is now struggling with the fourth wave of the pandemic, a much more aggressive stage owing to the more contagious Delta variant. Differences in vaccination rates can be noted from one county to another, with the areas in the north-east and south recording lower rates. Looking at age groups, statistics point to a 50% vaccination rate among people aged between 50 and 69, but only 20% among people over the age of 80. There is also a big gap with respect to gender, with vaccination rates being significantly lower among women, this difference being as high as 20% in persons over the age of 60. 

The committee overseeing mass vaccination in Romania admits that immunisation among the general population is low and stagnating, being under the regional average, but doesn't say how it aims to address the situation. The World Health Organisation recommends that Romania should focus on administering the life-saving vaccine to those who are at greatest risk of death and severe illness, such as the elderly, people with chronic diseases and other at-risk categories, such as pregnant women and healthcare workers. (CM)
Publicat: 2021-10-19 13:50:00
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