The Minister of Health, Ekaterine Tikaradze, stated in order to encourage the vaccination process, incentive measures and information campaigns are being planned.
She noted that the vaccination marathon continues in Kakheti, adding that locals say the delay in the vaccination process was largely due to the harvest.
“It is important for the local self-government in each region to be actively involved in this process, because the central government alone will not be able to conduct this process effectively. Of course, this does not mean that the central government is relieved of responsibility,” Tikaradze said.
She also noted this is not only Georgia’s problem. In countries like the United States, after reaching a certain threshold, they face issues in trying to convince citizens who are resistant to the vaccination process to get vaccinated.
“We, of course, share international practice and are gradually planning incentives and information campaigns that will be effective to encourage vaccination,” Tikaradze announced.
She says there is a decrease in the vaccination process, which was expected due to the fact that they have already reached 40% of the population.
“We have certain rankings, with Tbilisi, Adjara, and several Imereti municipalities leading. In other municipalities we do not have benchmarks as in Tbilisi and Adjara, where up to 70% are vaccinated in two doses,” Tikaradze said.
She announces they will use all the tools to encourage the vaccination process and there is an expectation that the situation in the country will be much better in November.
By Ketevan Skhirtladze