“Although the number of new cases of infection in Georgia has stabilized, the country is in serious danger,” Tengiz Tsertsvadze, Head of Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital, said at a briefing today.
“Georgia has so far managed to come up with relatively better indicators, this refers to the stable number of cases, which is no more than 400 daily, with exceptions. We also have a very low death toll that has not exceeded 10 for a long time. But it cannot last long: we do not live in an isolated world and we are in serious danger for several reasons.
“There are two main factors – the first is that in Georgia, despite the fact that the vaccine has been imported and the process will continue, there is an unprecedented passivity towards the vaccine and the greatest skepticism, meaning mass vaccination is not possible. The second factor is that people no longer follow the minimum regulations, especially with regards to wearing a face mask. The rate of wearing a face mask was 70%, now it has dropped to 42%, which is an alarming sign,” Tsertsvadze said.
Georgia will receive the Pfizer vaccine today.
Vaccination against coronavirus in Georgia started on March 15, 2021, with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Up to date, over 4000 medical personnel have been vaccinated in the country so far.
The current skepticism and passivity to vaccination in the country is mostly related to the incident that happened in Georgia last week, shortly after launching the vaccination process, when a 27-year-old nurse developed anaphylactic shock following vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine, and died the next day.
By Ana Dumbadze