Drive-through vaccination centers to open by the end of April

The drive-through vaccination centers will be opened in Romania at the end of April, Dr. Valeriu Gheorghiţă, the president of the national anti-coronavirus campaign coordination committee, announced Monday on DigiFM. Those living in Bucharest and Deva will be the first to get vaccinated in such centers, the military doctor added.

With drive-through vaccination, people can get a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine without booking an appointment. The maximum capacity of these centers is 400 people a day, Dr. Gheorghiţă said.

The centers can accommodate a maximum of 5 passengers in a private vehicle or taxi. Those interested in getting the vaccine must show their ID cards and can fill out the mandatory screening questionnaire at the entrance, although it is preferred if they download it from the vaccination site and fill it out at home. The data of those receiving the vaccination is entered into the national electronic register on the spot, the doctor added.

Since the beginning of the national vaccination campaign on December 27, 2020, a total of 4,306,981 doses have been administered to 2,675,872 people, of whom 1,044,763 received one dose and 1,631,109, both doses. From Sunday to Monday (April 18–19), a total of 75,267 were vaccinated, 49,062 of whom received their first and 26,205, their second dose, according to the RO Vaccinare Facebook page.

Title image: A drive-through vaccination center set up in Ireland. The first such centers will be opened in Bucharest and Deva. Photo: Mike Thompson/irishtimes.com


Author: Orsi Sarány