On March 4, Denys Shmyhal held a press conference dedicated to one year of the Government's activities. During the event, the Prime Minister spoke about the strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the campaign to vaccinate against coronavirus in Ukraine.
The Head of Government stressed that vaccination has been and will remain voluntary for all groups of the population. Meanwhile, in order to achieve herd immunity in Ukraine, it is critical to ensure that approximately 70% of the population have immunity, in particular, acquired through vaccination.
"Currently, according to opinion polls, about 43% of Ukrainians are ready to be vaccinated. Our goal is to vaccinate up to 70% of the population so that the country has herd immunity. To do this, we have a clear roadmap, which provides all the stages and processes of the vaccination campaign. We expect that about 22 million Ukrainians will be vaccinated this year and the following," said the Prime Minister.
In addition, Denys Shmyhal stressed that according to the agreements reached by the Government, 9 million doses of vaccines should arrive in Ukraine in the first and second quarters of this year. In March, 117,000 doses of Pfizer-BionNTech vaccine and 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will be delivered to Ukraine as part of the global COVAX initiative. Another 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine are expected in March from the Indian Serum Institute. In general, the Government is negotiating the purchase of vaccines with the world's six major manufacturers.
"In order for the vaccination process to be successful, it is of paramount importance for all of us to increase trust in both the vaccine and the immunization process itself. Over the past 3 days, more than 100,000 people have registered for vaccination through the Diia application and the portal. This is just the beginning and we believe that the vaccination campaign will be successful," emphasized Denys Shmyhal.
The Prime Minister highlighted that the roadmap for the vaccination process in Ukraine is in line with European models. Denys Shmyhal also noted that all vaccinated citizens will be registered in a closed state register, which will allow them to receive confirmation in the future that they have been vaccinated.
"The debate over so-called 'vaccination passports' continues in Europe and around the world. Our Government is also involved in them. There is currently no consensus or model. Ukraine is one of the leaders in digitalization in the world, so if necessary, we will be able to implement a project of such passports," said the Prime Minister.