“I guess there will be a lot of outpatient specialists, the interest could be great,” said Zorjan Jojko, president of the Association of Outpatient Specialists, Právi.
“They report to the vaccination centers, where they will leave for a few hours in their free time. Not regularly every day, we can’t close the ambulance, ”he added.
AstraZeneca in January
Jojko also said that experts are ready to get vaccinated in their surgeries, but this will only be possible by supplying a vaccine from AstraZeneca. This can be stored in the usual refrigerator, while substances from Pfizer and Moderna require special freezers, which the vast majority of doctors do not have in the clinic.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to be approved for the EU in January.
“There are specialties that are used to vaccination, such as allergology, immunology, after all, ENT. But first the right vaccine must come,” said Jojko.
The condition is that the specialists who will vaccinate themselves will receive the vaccine.
“We can’t recommend it to people who don’t have immunity to covid,” Jojko said. “It is absolutely certain that you will come in contact with someone contagious,” he added. According to him, however, approximately a quarter of outpatient specialists have already been awarded a contract with covid-19.
According to Prime Minister Andrej Babis, general practitioners or dentists with their nurses should be similarly involved, either earlier in vaccination centers or later in surgeries. Vaccination in pharmacies is also being considered, but that would require a change in the law. There are about 6,800 general practitioners, about 4,500 outpatient specialists, 7,500 dentists and about 2,800 pharmacies.
Dentists should also be involved. “We suggested that we can get vaccinated. Most of them will probably serve in vaccination centers in their free time, because the patient has to watch for sickness half an hour after vaccination. There is no place for that in most surgeries,” said Právi Roman Šmucler, president. Czech Dental Chambers. At the same time, according to him, it is not possible to close dental offices due to vaccinations.
“You can’t just build on practitioners”
The president of the Association of General Practitioners Petr Šonka told Právi that some general practitioners will also help in vaccination centers. “We welcome the initiative of outpatient specialists, but our role is different. General practitioners should vaccinate half or two thirds of clients in their surgeries, which is a key task,” Šonka told Práva.
“So, those who have the capacity for that will certainly go to the centers, but it is not possible to upgrade only in practice,” he added.
According to Šonka, some doctors are not waiting for the AstraZeneca vaccine. “Some of us order the vaccine from Pfizer, thaw it, and immediately vaccinate seniors over the age of 80,” he said. This vaccine must be stored at minus 70 degrees, but thawed will last for several days in a normal refrigerator.
“It is being tested very successfully in the Zlín region and in Brno. We are also urging other regions to take this path. Older people are conservative and it is important for them to get vaccinated where they know how,” Šonka said.
Over 40,000 people were vaccinated
In the months when the vaccine will be useful in surgeries, it is estimated that about 50,000 people will be vaccinated daily. There would be a dozen vaccinated daily after the general practitioner’s surgery. Prior to vaccination in surgeries, it should be possible to vaccinate in vaccination centers in hospitals or regions.
Health Minister Jan Blatný (for YES) said on Monday that more than 40,000 people had already been vaccinated in the Czech Republic. So far, only health workers, social workers and the sick elderly are being vaccinated. “It will definitely be possible to speed up,” Blatný said.
Methodological guidelines for vaccination were assessed by governors on Monday. For example, a high-capacity center that can vaccinate up to 3,000 people a day will be tested in Brno.
Blatný recently said that a high-risk section of the population could be vaccinated by the summer.