With 54% of Poles fully vaccinated, the country has a higher coronavirus inoculation rate than some nearby countries. Ukraine’s vaccination rate is 27%, and in Russia, where domestically developed vaccines like Spuntik V are on offer, it is about 41%. Bulgaria, which like Poland belongs to the European Union, has a vaccination rate of 26%, the lowest in the bloc.
As Poland’s health system struggles to keep up with the growing numbers of cases, the government is considering mandatory vaccinations for some groups. The right-wing government, however, has blasted the move as too late, claiming it would only add to the misery. The reason for widespread vaccine resistance in Eastern Europe is largely based on distrust for pharmaceutical companies and government authorities. Many believe that disinformation is playing a part, too. Andrzej Wiazecki, 56, is a Polish citizen who recently got a booster shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination. The death toll now stands at over eight thousand, a number that could easily rise further.
The deaths in Poland have reached a frightening number. On Tuesday, the Polish government reported that the death toll from the pandemic had risen to 592. It is estimated that more than 87,000 people have died from the virus in Poland. Children’s intensive care units are full, and doctors are reporting that more children are being hospitalized because of the flu. The situation has created a dilemma for the country’s government, which has repeatedly urged citizens to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the virus. But the government is wary of alienating its voters by mandating vaccinations.
Meanwhile, Poland’s government has been ignoring the latest wave of cases and deaths from the coronavirus. The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Eastern Europe has been spreading for a few years. Last year, the country had the highest death toll in Europe. In the meantime, vaccination rates remain lower in Poland than in Western Europe. But the government is determined to ensure that children get the necessary vaccines, and plans to make the immunizations compulsory.