Online coronavirus vaccine registry to be launched in March
The state is developing an online registry so people can register for a coronavirus vaccine when their turn comes. The registry should be up and running by mid-March.
When a person's turn in the queue comes they will be directed to book a slot online, head of the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs Heli Laarmann said.
Members of the general public will not have access to the application yet as vaccinations for non-priority groups will not start until May. Laarmann said there is no point in creating a big waiting list now as the vaccines are being delivered gradually.
Until now, family doctor centers have mostly had to contact people themselves and ask them to come and get vaccinated.
Originally, the plan was to launch the digital registry earlier but it has been delayed. "There are various reasons for the delay, developments needed to be made from both ends - both centrally and by healthcare providers," Laarmann said.
Communications Adviser at the Ministry of Social Affairs Eva Lehtla added since the vaccination of frontline workers was sped up and started a month earlier than expected, the digital registry could not be completed by the time the first frontline workers were ready to be vaccinated.
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