"Vaccination should prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases in society instead of responding to those. Timely immunization is a matter of collective security because when nine out of ten people have been vaccinated, the risk of getting sick reduces greatly. We have determined it in the Government's Action Program that, within five years, 95% of Ukrainians should get vaccinated. This is how it works worldwide. This is how it should be in Ukraine as well,” said Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk.
The Prime Minister stressed that there is a sufficient amount of vaccines in Ukraine. For the third year in a row, UNICEF has centrally procured for each region at the budget funding and provided a sufficient quantity of vaccines in a timely manner for scheduled immunization.
According to the Head of Government, there is another problem now - the improper condition of the equipment for storing vaccines in some regions. There are hospitals that use refrigerators that were purchased for over 30 years ago - about 20% of vaccine refrigerators had been procured before 2000.
Oleksiy Honcharuk considers it unacceptable. Therefore, during the teleconference dedicated to healthcare issues, the Prime Minister commissioned:
- the heads of RSA (regional state administrations) to hold an audit in which conditions and in what refrigerators vaccines are stored in the regions they supervise and report on the results to the Ministry of Healthcare.
Moreover, Oleksiy Honcharuk stressed, it is crucial for all RSA heads to launch a broad information campaign about the benefits of vaccination and the risks of spreading infectious diseases due to the low vaccination rate.
The PM has had a diphtheria vaccination today and called on Ukrainians to get vaccinated according to the schedule!