Romania: Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 will arrive on Jan 25, says health expert

The coordinator of the national vaccination campaign, Valeriu Gheorghita, said that Romania would start administrating children aged 5-11 from January 26. The vaccine compartment will reach the country on January 25, informed by the coordinator of the national vaccination campaign.

Reportedly, Gheorghita was quoted saying that the delivery schedule for the paediatric doses for the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 years will arrive in the country on January 25 and will be given to the storage centres followed by the regional DSPs (public health directorates). And the vaccine would be available in the centre by the morning of January 26.


The health expert further said that most of the doses, 42,000, will be given to the Cantacuzino Institute in Bucharest, and the rest will be given to the regional centres in Brasov, Cluj, Constanta, Timisoara, Iasi and Craiova.

He further appealed that the parents and legal representatives book the appointment of their wards, if eligible, from the dedicated e-platform. This is not compulsory; if any parent fails to get a prior appointment by a dedicated vaccination centre, then also the children can receive the vaccine.

According to the official data, 2,841 appointments have been made on the platform by the parents of children aged between 5 to 11 years, from January 13 to January 20.

Amid the Omicron threat across the world, Romania registered 19,600 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, January 21, which was the highest record to date.

More than 16.26 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administrated in Romania by the official data on January 20. Of these, 8.04 million people have taken a full dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Only 4,071 people have taken the first Covid-19 dose in the last 24 hours, which shows low public interest in the vaccine.