Record number of Covid-19 vaccines administered on Thursday

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Mass vacination. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

A total of 12,919 inoculations with coronavirus vaccine were performed in Estonia on Thursday, which is the biggest number of vaccine shots given here during a single day so far.

Vaccines from all three producers so far available in Estonia were used Thursday, the Ministry of Social Affairs later said, with 10,143 of these being from Pfizer/BioNTech. 7,977 were given to recipients over 60 and 2,165 to those under 60.

1,946 AstraZeneca vaccines were administered (1,598 with patients over 60, 348 under 60), and 812 Moderna doses were used (again, the bulk of them 646 – to people over 60 and 166 to individuals under 60).

Altogether 248,237 people in Estonia have received at least one dose of vaccine to date, and for 73,306 of them the vaccination course has been completed, spokespeople for the Ministry of Social Affairs said.

48 percent of over 70-year-olds in Estonia have received at least one dose of vaccine. The vaccination rate of over 70-year-olds is growing also in Ida-Viru County, where one in four people of that age group have received at least one shot by now. 

Across the European Union, 16 percent of the adult population on the average has been vaccinated with at least one dose. The ratio for Estonia is 21 percent. In the number of vaccinations performed per population, Estonia ranks third in the EU after Malta and Hungary.

Of over 80-year-olds, 49 percent have received at least one dose of vaccine across Estonia and about 60 percent or more in eight of Estonia's 15 counties. The ratios are highest for the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa at 72 percent.

The number of people vaccinated by age and region on April 9. Source: Terviseamet

A total of 505 health care institutions across Estonia, including 412 family health canters, have performed vaccinations by now. Of all vaccinations, 59 percent were performed by family health centers, 27 percent by hospitals, 8 percent by providers of specialist medical care and 4 percent by providers of nursing services.

"In the next few weeks vaccination of people of the COVID-19 at-risk groups at family doctors' will continue. In order to exit the current crisis, it is paramount to protect with vaccination as quickly as possible those who are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 illness, meaning over 70-year-olds and people with specific diagnoses and illnesses in whom the COVID-19 illness may take a very serious course and who may need hospital treatment," Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said.  

View more data on the Health Board's website.

Estonia to receive first shipment of Janssen vaccine this week

The Ministry of Social Affairs told ERR that there will be some 2,400 doses of the vaccine arriving in Estonia by the end of the week.

In total, some 44,000 vaccine doses are scheduled to arrive in Estonia this week. Estonia is set to receive 26,910 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 9,600 doses of Moderna and 4,800 doses of AstraZeneca - a total of 43,170 doses.

This article was updated to include the breakdown of vaccines by producer - AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech.

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Editor: Helen Wright

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