Romania says more than 4 million people have received Covid-19 vaccine

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More than four million people have received at least one  Covid-19 vaccine in Romania, officials said Wednesday.

 

Of those, about three million have receive both shots. Romania has been using Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca. It recently started administering Johnson & Johnson which only requires one dose.

By mid-afternoon Wednesday, more than 7 million doses of vaccine had been administered, the Vaccination Steering Committee said.

Bucharest has the highest percentage of inoculated residents, with 35.7% of the city immunized. In Cluj county, about one-third of residents have received shots. The central county of Sibiu is in  third place, with 26.2% of its population vaccinated.

Bucharest prefect Alin Stoica said 1.1 million Bucharest residents will have been vaccinated by Thursday with at least the first dose. Some 700,000 residents have had both doses, he told News.ro.

The government has intensified efforts to speed up the vaccine rollout this month, opening drive-throughs and 24-hour vaccine centers in big cities.

Vaccine hesitancy is lower in  poorer and more rural regions. Vaccine czar Valeruiu Gheorghita said the lowest vaccine rates were in the counties of Giurgiu, southern Romania, and Suceava and Botosani which are both in northern Romania.

On Wednesday, Romania reported 707 cases, a fraction of the daily count two months ago. Some 54 Covid-19 patients died.

Cases have fallen steadily in recent weeks. The capital and the country’s 40 counties are now all in the “green scenario” meaning they have fewer than 1.5 cases per 1,000 people.

The vaccine rollout started at the end of December 2020.

 

 

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