“If we want to keep the number of infections low, reduce the number of deaths and possibly bring them to zero, we must resort to a large-scale vaccination,” said Tengiz Tsertsvadze, Head of Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital.
Tsertsvadze believes the main thing is to overcome scepticism and vaccinate to have 60-65% of the population immunized by the end of the year.
Georgia expects to get 30 thousand Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses by March 26, Tengiz Tsertsvadze added.
Georgia is at a crossroads, Tsertsvadze said. He believes Georgia has two possible scenarios and two perspectives. The first is to overcome the scepticism and mistrust about the Covid-19 vaccine.
“A single coincidental accident reinforced these negative tendencies towards the vaccination. The number of people wishing to get the shot has decreased in the last two days,” Tsertsvadze said.
He urges a large-scale vaccination as the only tool to open the economy and return to normal life,” said Tsertsvadze.
According to the Head of Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital, the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths would inevitably increase if citizens refuse vaccination. According to Tsertsvadze, there may be a complete lockdown again in this case.
A 27-year-old nurse, who developed an anaphylactic reaction after the AstraZeneca shot on March 19, has died. The government decided that the following Covid-19 vaccination will be possible only at the multifunctional hospitals.