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COVID-19: Ukraine received more than 200,000 vaccine doses against the Omicron variant

COVID-19: Ukraine received more than 200,000 vaccine doses against the Omicron variant

COVID-19: Ukraine received more than 200,000 vaccine doses against the Omicron variant

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has delivered more than 200,000 doses of the Omicron-specific vaccine against COVID-19 to Ukraine for free vaccination. The vaccine will be distributed between all regions, according to the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.

This is an updated version of the Comirnaty vaccine produced by Pfizer. The bivalent vaccine has been specifically adapted to provide protection against the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2.

Quote"More than 13 variants of Covid, or the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are currently circulating around Ukraine. All the identified mutations are variations of the Omicron variant, which prevails in the country. More than 200,000 vaccine doses delivered by UNICEF are intended for giving booster shots to those who have completed a primary vaccination course against COVID-19. The vaccine will be available at the level of each region, so I urge everyone to take care of their health and boost their immunity. This especially applies to people in the high-risk groups, namely those with a weakened immune system or concomitant diseases, as well as people older than 60 years," said Ihor Kuzin, Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine.

Ukraine received 203,000 doses of the updated vaccine as part of the СOVAX international initiative. This is a global initiative that works with governments and manufacturers to ensure access to vaccines against COVID-19 all over the world, both in high-income and low-income countries. This vaccine can be given to children aged 12 years and older.

Quote"To protect your family and the whole community from COVID-19, please vaccinate yourself and your children and ensure that your elderly relatives are vaccinated too because they are in the risk group. The vaccines delivered by UNICEF have been approved by the WHO and are highly effective in preventing severe COVID-19 disease, hospitalization, and death," said Munir Mammadzade, the UNICEF Representative to Ukraine.

Vaccination against COVID-19 remains the only method to boost immunity and prevent complications in case of a disease. Shots are given free of charge at vaccination points or outpatient clinics through an appointment with your family doctor. The vaccines used include Janssen (produced by Johnson & Johnson) and Comirnaty (produced by Pfizer). A vaccine against COVID-19 for children aged 5 or older is also available (produced by Pfizer — the Comirnaty vaccine for children).

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