With the administration of 4.2 million vaccines nationwide and over 1.7 million people recovered from Covid-19, the Czech Republic is close to reaching herd immunity, indicated the biochemist Zdeněk Hostomský.
“We are talking about more than 40% of the population has already received one or two doses, which is extremely important. We are possibly among the most advanced countries,” he said.
The Pfizer vaccine has been the most widely used.
Hostomský moreover argues that the actual number of people who have contracted the virus in the past year is likely to be much higher.
The Czech Republic has recently halved the waiting time to get a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to three weeks, as the country races to boost vaccinations and fend off new coronavirus variants.
The country is aiming to boost vaccination numbers before the autumn and as new coronavirus infections slowly start to rise again, hoping to get younger people inoculated.
As part of this effort, the government last week opened two new vaccination centres in Prague – one at the main railway station and another at Chodov – for walk-ins, requiring no registration beforehand.
The Czech Republic went through some of the world’s worst waves of the coronavirus pandemic on a per capita basis between October and March. Daily infections then sometimes surpassed 10,000.