The Ministry of Health presented the central reservation system and new anti-epidemic system 2.0

The Ministry of Health presented the new central reservation system for vaccination against COVID-19. It is a system based on experience from blanket antigen testing, the aim of which is to offer those interested the convenient booking of vaccination dates and enabling access to a vaccination booking within the individual regions from a single spot. In reaction to the fundamental transformation of the COVID-19 testing strategy in the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Health also introduced a new version of the anti-epidemic system 2.0.

The central reservation system offers those interested the option of registering and reserving a vaccination. The registration is an online registration form for persons indicating their interest and consent to the vaccination, and it requires the completion of data for prioritization. A point score will be calculated based on the registration and, together with the vaccine delivery plan, will determine when the person will be invited to book a specific date.

“The reservation system can provide reservations of the first and second date simultaneously, including the option of changing the date and commenting on the individual appointments. All in one place. The system works with other information systems of the department, e.g. ISIN, which is used to keep records of performed vaccinations and to issue the certificate of the performed vaccination. The overall solution offers better vaccination coordination and logistics on a national and regional level. In preparing the new system, the team applied its experience with the ordering system for testing inhabitants for coronavirus,” said Minister of Health Jan Blatný. Dates can be booked directly at the Central Reservation System portal (only in the Czech language), or at the telephone number 1221. The individual regions, to which the reservation system was sent, can express their comments until Friday, 8 January 2021.

In reaction to the fundamental transformation of the COVID-19 testing strategy in the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Health also introduced a new version of the risk calculation index of the anti-epidemic system 2.0. The new version brings a change by replacing the parameter of relative test positivity with a new parameter, specifically the share of hospitalised patients not detected in the community in the past 14 days. This new parameter will indicate the share of patients hospitalised with COVID-19, who were only diagnosed once in hospital.

“The new parameter serves as an indicator of the detection of those infected and predictively reflects its health impact. The other risk index parameters remain unchanged,” emphasized the Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics, Ladislav Dušek.

Hence, the basic questions remain in the second version of anti-epidemic system: How many people have been infected lately?, How many seniors have been infected lately?, Is the number of people infected rising? and Can those infected be detected quickly and effectively? Hence, the calculation method has been altered for only one source indicator.

Another important change is the fact that until alert level 3 is reached in the majority of the regions, the index will not be evaluated by regions. The development in the regions will continue to be published on a daily basis.