Vaccination sites open for new vaccine seekers without prior registration
From Monday, 12 July, vaccination without prior registration will start at two pilot vaccination centres, namely on the premises of the Westfield Chodov shopping centre and at the Central Railway Station in Prague.
Those interested in vaccination who are not yet registered for an appointment can come to these vaccination centres at any time during their opening hours. Registration will take place on the spot. “We are looking for every way to make vaccination as accessible as possible to people and to reach out to those who have not yet expressed interest in vaccination. We believe that the option of being vaccinated without prior registration, based on a spontaneous decision, will be motivating for people,” emphasised Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
“With the pilot project of vaccination centres without registration, we hope to reach people for whom registration is a barrier. If this concept proves to be successful and there is interest in vaccination without registration, we are ready to open such centres in other places,” said Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch.
The vaccination team from the IKEM hospital is working at the Westfield Chodov shopping centre. The opening hours of the vaccination center in Chodov are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 7 p.m. on weekends. The vaccine used here is the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine, and the maximum vaccination capacity is in the order of hundreds of people per day. People over 16 years of age and self-payers can come here for vaccination. “At IKEM we have a lot of experience with the organisation, logistics and vaccination itself. Since January this year, we have administered almost 50,000 doses of vaccine, vaccinating all population groups, and I dare say that our teams have learned to streamline the whole process from administration to vaccination to such an extent that it only takes a few minutes. We have a well-trained staff in place, we have developed a special website with optional registration to speed the client through the vaccination center, and last, but not least, we have the unique opportunity to offer vaccinations in a “here and now” format to anyone who is comfortable with this simple vaccination system. We will be happy if visitors to Westfield Chodov find their way to us and we are able to contribute to the vaccination coverage of the Czech population,” said Michal Stiborek, Director of IKEM.
Teams from the Bulovka Hospital and Motol Hospital provide vaccinations in the Central Railway Station in Prague. The opening hours are Monday to Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The vaccine is a single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. People over 18 years of age can come here for vaccination.
“In view of the overwhelming public demand immediately after the opening of the vaccination site at the Central Railway Station, we have decided to extend the hours of operation and strengthen the vaccination team as of tomorrow. Those interested in getting vaccinated can come daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We are counting on a capacity of up to 700 vaccinated persons per day,” said the director of the Bulovka University Hospital, Jan Kvaček, in response to public interest in vaccination.
The two vaccination sites are open to anyone who is not registered anywhere or who is not already due for the first or second dose. People who get vaccinated at these two centers can take part in a competition. The grand prize once per week will be an iPhone 12, someone will win a pair of Converse sneakers each day, and there will also be a contest for coupons for the video game distribution platform Steam.
“Vaccination is one of the most important discoveries of mankind, which has completely eradicated some diseases in the last 200 years. Even in the case of COVID-19, it is the only reliable method of completely defeating this disease or at least suppressing it to such an extent that it does not keep coming back,” added Miloslav Ludvík, director of the Motol University Hospital.
The vaccination centres are in the colours of the “Let’s put an end to coronavirus” [literal translation: let’s put a period behind coronavirus] campaign, so just follow the yellow and green colours.