On September 21, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal chaired an extraordinary sitting of the State Commission on Technogenic and Environmental Safety and Emergency Situation with the participation of the heads of Regional State Administrations (RSAs).
The State Commission received a report by Minister of Health Viktor Liashko on the spread of acute respiratory disease COVID-19 in Ukraine and considered the introduction of a "yellow" level of epidemic danger in all regions of the country.
The Prime Minister noted that the epidemic situation in the country is rapidly deteriorating, so the duty of the state is to protect human life and health. At the same time, the PM stressed that vaccination is currently the most effective way to combat COVID-19, and the state has provided the opportunity for anyone to get vaccinated for free.
Denys Shmyhal stressed that the Cabinet of Ministers, by amending the resolution in a certain way, also eased the restrictive measures and allowed economic and educational facilities to work even in the "red" zone.
"Restrictions of the "yellow" and "red" zones will not apply to those venues where staff and visitors are vaccinated, have a negative PCR test or confirmation of a recent illness. This is the method that is successfully used today by a number of European and world countries in order to save people and at the same time not to halt the economic activity of the country, "said the Prime Minister.
Following the meeting, the State Commission on Technogenic and Environmental Safety and Emergency Situation decided:
- to introduce from 00:00 on September a yellow level of epidemic danger in all regions of Ukraine;
- to put into force restrictive anti-epidemic measures in all regions of Ukraine envisaged for the "yellow" level of epidemic threat;
-to commission heads of RSAs and Kyiv state administration to take measures to ensure compliance with the relevant restrictive anti-epidemic measures provided for the appropriate level of epidemic danger of the spread of COVID-19.
The meeting participants also raised the issue of vaccination coverage of the population, in particular teachers and employees of educational institutions. Denys Shmyhal noted that compared to last year, the number of COVID-19 cases among children is growing.
Taking into account the discussion, the State Commission instructed the heads of RSAs and Kyiv city state administration to take measures:
- to involve in the process of vaccination, including teachers and employees of educational institutions, the possibilities of existing vaccination points in educational institutions;
- to ensure the possibility and organization of vaccination, including teachers and employees of educational institutions through mobile vaccination teams in the absence of permanent vaccination points in educational establishments;
- to inform and proactively invite not only teachers and employees of educational institutions but also their relatives and relatives of students to get vaccinated to existing vaccination points in educational institutions and during mobile vaccination points.