Poland mulls restrictions for unvaccinated people

Poland is considering restricting access to various public services for unvaccinated people, Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski has said.

Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski.

Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski.Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

In an interview with Polish weekly Wprost, Niedzielski said that an example of such a limitation would be “simplified access to certain medical services”.

Niedzielski also said that the Polish government would raise benefits for those who took the jab, “similarly to other countries in Europe that are already preparing such plans”.

Asked whether vaccination record cards would be introduced like in Great Britain, Niedzielski replied that for the time being there are plans to introduce a special QR code in the Internet Patient Account application.

Last week, a 52-year-old Warsaw hospital nurse became the first Pole to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

A day earlier, the country received its first batch of a vaccine developed by US drug maker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.

The government this week launched a media campaign called Szczepimy Się (Let’s Get Vaccinated) to encourage Poles to get COVID-19 shots.

Poland on Friday reported 11,008 new coronavirus infections and 400 more deaths, bringing its total number of cases to 1,305,774 and fatalities to 28,956.

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Source: PAP

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