Nearly all of Ukraine’s military is fully vaccinated against COVID-19

11 January, 01:23 AM
The military is to recommend soldiers be given a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo:instagram.com/ministry_of_defense_ru/)

The military is to recommend soldiers be given a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo:instagram.com/ministry_of_defense_ru/)

An impressive 95 percent of Ukrainian military personnel have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said in a press release issued on Jan. 10.

The next step is to get booster doses arranged, the release said, quoting Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.

“The Ukrainian armed forces are absolute vaccination level leaders in the country,” said Reznikov.

“Ninety-five percent of personnel are double-jabbed. We’re now looking into arranging booster doses.”

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Reznikov said that according to Ministry of Health guidelines, the best time to get a booster is between six and nine months after the second dose, regardless of the vaccine used.

“On the one hand, we need to arrange the best possible booster vaccination format. On the other hand, we have reached out to the Health Ministry for some clarification,” the minister said.

“For instance, what is the best course of action once nine months have passed since the second dose? We will also take the necessary steps to make sure army personnel’s COVID certificates are available in DIIA (the government-developed app used to display vaccination certificates, among other things).”

“Certificates will now be issued for 270 days to those who have had a booster jab,” Reznikov added.

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