Since the beginning of the pandemic, scientists around the world have been trying to create a safe vaccine against the new coronavirus.
Covid-19 vaccines are drugs that prevent the disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by eliciting an immune response against the virus. Covid-19 can cause serious illness with possible unknown long-term consequences or even death of people of any age, including otherwise healthy people.
AstraZeneca's covid-19 vaccines are ordered for 3 million doses, BioNTech and Pfizer 4 million doses, Johnson & Johnson 2 million doses. The Czech Republic is also interested in 1 million doses from CureVac and 1.9 million from Moderna. We are still negotiating with Sanofi. The number of doses may not match the number of people that can be vaccinated. Some vaccines require 2 doses, others need one. A total of 10 million doses for approximately 6.9 million people are currently pre-ordered through the EU mechanism.
The first registered vaccines are from Pfizer and BioNTech, which arrived in the Czech Republic on 26 December with a total of 9,750 doses. Healthcare professionals and seniors will be preferentially vaccinated.
The vaccines were distributed to the Central Military Hospital, the General University Hospital and the Bulovka Hospital. The second half of the delivery goes to the University Hospital Brno and the University Hospital at St. Anne's in Brno.
What is known about vaccination so far
Vaccinations in the Czech Republic should be covered by public health insurance, voluntarily and preferential for risk groups and health professionals, social workers and other important occupations for the state.
Vaccination will be provided at:
- vaccination centers of health institutes and the State Health Institute,
- the offices of general practitioners, doctors providing occupational health services,
- the other providers of health services, contractual facilities of health insurance companies,
- via mobile vaccination teams.
Vaccination will be completely voluntary, but remember that vaccination is the most effective way to stop the spread of the epidemic in our country and in the world in the long run. History has taught us that the spread of infectious diseases other than vaccination cannot be stopped. It can only be slowed down and reduced, using other measures (face masks, safe distancing, collective restrictions, etc.). The chance to vaccinate the population offers us a chance to defeat the covid-19 pandemic permanently after almost a year of living with restrictions and limited free movement.
The vaccine will be given in a two-dose schedule with an interval of 21 days. The vaccination procedure lasts about 15 minutes, each vaccinated person is observed for additional 30 minutes.
If you have been tested positive the vaccination is recommended no earlier than 90 days after the first positive test result.
The exact date of the start of vaccination is not yet known, it is expected during February 2021.
If you did not find the information you are looking for in this text, see the links and FAQ below, where you will find further details on the current situation regarding coronavirus vaccination in the Czech Republic.
Regulations for health care providers
From 27 December 2020, all health care providers performing vaccination against COVID-19 are ordered to immediately record the data on the performed vaccination in the ISIN Infectious Diseases Information System, the COVID-19 Patients module. The record will be made after logging in on the page of the departmental medical registers EREG, https://ereq.ksrzis.cz/.