Bucharest residents who aren’t immunized will be able to get Covid-19 vaccinations on a bus starting this weekend, the city hall said Friday.
Authorities hope the initiative will boost lagging vaccine rates, one of the lowest in Europe. Just 27% of the population is immunized.
A fourth wave of coronavirus is sweeping Romania, and the capital is the worst affected. There were 273 new cases reported on Friday.
The coronavirus vaccine bus will park in different locations around the Romanian capital at weekends, starting on Saturday. Its last day is December 26, the day after Christmas.
The vaccine bus will offer the Johnson &Johnson single-does vaccine to anyone aged 16 and over with an identity document.
Health staff _two doctors, two nurses and two administrative staff_are on board to administer the vaccine. Recipients will receive the single dose Johnson& Johnson.
Vaccines will be delivered on Saturdays from 12.00 to 17.00 and on Sundays from 10.00 to 17.00.
„The city hall is doing this to support elderly people who can’t travel long distances for immunization. It will also offer support to other groups who for various reasons find it hard to reach vaccine centers,” a statement said.
The vaccine is free and doesn’t need to be scheduled beforehand.
Bucharest city hall is offering the service in partnership with Kaufland Romania.
The vaccine on the bus kicks of this weekend on Șos. Gheorghe Ionescu Sisești, nr. 6, Sector 1.
It will travel to all six districts of the capital of 2 million.
Its final weekend is on 25-26 December, on Str. Sebastian, nr. 88 C, Sector 5. You can find the bus schedule here in Romanian.