On Wednesday, the Lithuanian cabinet approved a proposal to pay € 100 (about $ 115) to vaccinate people over the age of 75. CCP virus One-third of this age group is hesitant to get a jab.
“There are more than 270,000 people over the age of 75 in Lithuania. They belong to high-risk groups and their immunity is significantly lower than other high-risk groups,” said Monica, Minister of Social Security and Labor. Navicchieni said in a cabinet meeting while presenting the proposal.
Lithuanian news agency LRT English reported.
“There are about 80,000 people in this group who are not vaccinated or infected with the virus,” she added.
One-time payments for seniors who have taken shots will be paid not only to those who have not been vaccinated with the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, but also to those who have taken COVID-19 booster shots by the end of March. .. next year.
Prime Minister Ingrida Simonite said in a television conference that he hoped the group’s vaccination rate would increase with a single payment, and authorities “cannot convince them to vaccinate otherwise. I explained.
The Cabinet estimates that the government will spend more than € 27 million ($ 31.1 million) if all eligible seniors over the age of 75 are fully vaccinated between September and November.
If Seimas, or Lithuanian parliament, approves the bill next week, older people who choose to pay in one lump sum can expect money in December or April 2022, LRT English reported.
Simonite said he believes the new law will be a “worth an investment” if a payment of € 100 “helps at least some people get vaccinated against the disease.”
According to government data, 73% of Lithuanian adults are vaccinated, and about one-third of adults over the age of 75 are unvaccinated.
Since the onset of the CCP virus pandemic almost two years ago, about two-thirds of the 5,116 COVID-19 deaths in the country have belonged to this elderly group.
Last month, thousands of protesters rallyed at the Central Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania, blaming several COVID-19 policies, including vaccination passports and school face mask requirements.
“I’m not against vaccination in principle, but I have to be able to make my own choices and not just create the conditions under which I have to be vaccinated,” 56. Lima Junel, an old protester, told the news. Agency AFP.
In the Baltic European countries, you must have a COVID-19 vaccination passport before you can participate in many economic activities such as shopping malls, restaurants and beauty salons.
Passports are given to those who have been completely vaccinated against the CCP virus, who have recently recovered from their illness, or who have been negative within the last 48 hours.
Reuters contributed to this report.
from NTD News