Vaccination at the dentist or pharmacy. Proposal approved by government today

The government today approved an amendment to the law that will allow vaccination against Covid-19 to be given at dentists’ offices or pharmacies.  This comes in response to a proposal by the Doctors Helping Czechia initiative. The amendment will now undergo the regular legislative process. The government has also approved a simplification of the system for issuing requests for a confirmatory PCR test after a positive antigen self-test, as part of preventive testing at school or at work.

“Vaccination is the fastest way out of the epidemic. One of the ministry’s priorities is to ensure a sufficient network of vaccination sites. We have to assume that it is not realistic in the long term to keep large-scale vaccination centres open. And if we want to guarantee vaccination not only in the big cities but also in the smaller ones, then the logical way forward is to make vaccination available to as wide a range of doctors as possible. The current legislation does not allow vaccination at dentists’ offices, for example. That is what we want to remedy by changing the law. We also know that the representatives of pharmacists have been calling for the possibility to vaccinate for a long time,” explains Health Minister Adam Vojtěch. The amendment will now undergo the regular legislative process.

The initiative Lékaři pomáhají Česku (Doctors Helping Czechia) has come up with the idea that dentists could also be involved in vaccination. It has called on doctors with private practices to sign up for vaccination centres or offer those interested in vaccination dedicated time in their practices. It currently has more than 1,250 volunteers and 135 practices, according to information on its website.

There are about 6,800 general practitioners for adults and 4,800 for children and adolescents in the country. There are about 7,500 dentists, about 1,600 gynecologists and about 12,700 other outpatient specialists. There are about 2,800 pharmacies.

Most of the nearly 14.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine were administered at vaccination centres. A new one with a capacity of up to 1,500 doses administered per day opened today in Prague’s Kotva shopping centre. It is open every day from 9 am to 8 pm. Advance registration is not required.

The government has also approved a simplification of the system for issuing requests for a confirmatory PCR test after a positive antigen self-test, performed for instance as part of preventive testing at school or at work. Children will now be issued a request form automatically and employees will receive confirmation of a positive test from their employer, which they can take directly to the testing site, which will issue a request form on the spot.