The universal vaccination process will begin in the first quarter of 2021. Everyone will receive an e-invitation that will be valid for 60 days. They will be generated automatically in the P1 system in tranches according to the vaccination sequence.
Detailed information is available at www.gov.pl/web/koronawirus .
In addition, doctors will be able to issue individual e-referrals for vaccinations for the patient. It can be done by a doctor with access to the office application office.gov.pl, regardless of the fact of having a contract with the National Health Fund.
The vaccine will be free of charge and available at vaccination points under the National COVID-19 Immunization Program.
Vaccinations in the European Union, including Poland, began on December 27. In our country, this process is divided into several stages. At the beginning, in the so-called stage "0" will benefit the employees of health care institutions, nursing homes and administrative staff of these units.
In the first stage, vaccinations can be offered to residents of nursing homes and nursing and care centers, as well as other places of stationary stay, people over 60 years of age in the order of the oldest, uniformed services, teachers.
People over 60 years of age will be vaccinated, starting with the oldest, with priority to those who are economically active, undergoing diagnostics and treatment that require repeated or continuous contact with health care facilities and with comorbidities that increase the risk of a severe course of COVID-19.
In the first stage, vaccinations will also apply to soldiers of the Polish Army, including the Territorial Defense Forces, officers of the Police, Border Guard, Municipal and Municipal Guard, Fire Brigades, TOPR and GOPR employees who directly participate in anti-epidemic activities and are responsible for national security.
The second stage includes people under 60 years of age with chronic diseases that increase the risk of a severe course of COVID-19, or during diagnosis and treatment requiring repeated or continuous contact with health care facilities. This group also includes people who directly ensure the functioning of the state's basic activities and are at risk of infection due to frequent social contacts.
The list of chronic diseases has been recommended by the Medical Council and will be able to be updated and prioritized along with new scientific evidence and information from institutions that evaluate and market vaccines against COVID-19.
The list of comorbidities includes: chronic kidney diseases, neurological deficits (e.g. dementia), lung diseases, neoplastic diseases, diabetes, COPD, cerebrovascular diseases, hypertension, immunodeficiencies, cardiovascular diseases, chronic liver diseases, obesity, related to nicotine addiction, bronchial asthma, thalassemia, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia.
Patients with comorbidities can ask their primary care physician for an e-referral, regardless of their age group. The optimal time of vaccination in the case of cancer patients should be consulted with the doctor who qualifies for the vaccination.
In the case of people after surgery, if there are no symptoms of febrile illness, you can get vaccinated. However, the decision is made by the person who qualifies for vaccination, based on an interview and examination.
The third stage of vaccination covers the remaining groups. It will include entrepreneurs and employees of sectors closed under the regulations on the establishment of specific restrictions, orders and bans in connection with the occurrence of the epidemic. General vaccinations are also planned for the rest of the adult population, including those over the age of 18 who do not have any medical conditions that increase the risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19 and do not belong to any of the above groups.
In the third stage, also foreigners (persons with the right to permanent or temporary residence) will be vaccinated due to the work performed in Poland in the groups indicated in stages 0-III.
The vaccine will be free of charge and available at vaccination centers under the National COVID-19 Immunization Program: in outpatient clinics, inpatient medical facilities, self-practicing physicians, mobile vaccination teams, hospitals, vaccination centers in reserve hospitals and in in the case of bedridden people - at home.
The process of universal vaccination of Poles will start in the first quarter of 2021. The exact dates for each age group will still be announced by the Ministry of Health.
Everyone will receive an e-invitation to vaccinate, which will be valid for 60 days. Invitations will be generated automatically in the P1 system in tranches according to the order of vaccination (for specific age groups, professional groups, etc.). In addition, doctors will be able to issue individual e-referrals for the patient (e.g. for a person who does not have a PESEL number or for a person who could not undergo vaccination during the validity period of the first e-referral).
The vaccination arrangement process will be based on a central e-registration system, integrating individual admission schedules for individual vaccination points. In order to make an appointment, the patient will be able to use a special Helpline, make an appointment electronically through his Internet Patient Account (available at patient.gov.pl), through the facility where he was issued an e-referral or directly at the vaccination point.
A referral for vaccination can be issued by any doctor with access to the website office www.office.gov.pl, regardless of the fact of having a contract with the National Health Fund.
Making an appointment for vaccination will not require an e-referral number, because it will be enough to provide your personal data (the e-Registration system will be integrated with the P1 system, which will enable automatic verification of the validity of the e-referral).
After booking the visit, the patient will receive an SMS with information about the selected place and date of vaccination. He will be scheduled for two visits immediately and will also be notified by SMS before the second dose of the vaccine.
After reporting to the vaccination center, the doctor will make the qualification and determine after the examination whether there are any contraindications for vaccination, and the patient will have to complete a special questionnaire with information needed to qualify for vaccination.
The vaccine is administered as an injection (injection) into the deltoid muscle. After that, you will be monitored briefly and you will receive another dose of the vaccine after 21 days.
There are no specific recommendations for preparation for vaccination. Therefore, you can get vaccinated throughout the day, regardless of meals, but it's best when you are rested. Even after vaccination, there is no recommendation to avoid certain activities, e.g. physical activity. The decision is made by the person who has been vaccinated, guided by their well-being and health.
Information about vaccination will be entered into the Vaccination e-Cards in the P1 system. You will also receive a vaccination certificate allowing you to take advantage of the facilities. Certificates will be issued after vaccination with the full vaccination course, i.e. when it will be a two-dose vaccination - after vaccination with the second dose of the vaccine.
The receipt of the vaccine will also be confirmed by a special system that will enable vaccination verification (including a QR code that will allow you to quickly confirm the vaccination).
Detailed and up-to-date information on immunization can be obtained by calling the free helpline of the National COVID-19 Immunization Program, available on 989. Questions on both the organization of immunization and the administration of vaccines are answered by 500 consultants around the clock - 7 days in a week. Information is provided in four languages: Polish, English, Russian and Ukrainian.
It will be possible to sign up for a vaccination after January 15th via the hotline. Calling the National COVID-19 Immunization Program hotline is free.
Number for people calling from abroad and for subscribers of operators who do not support special numbers: (22) 62 62 989.
For those interested, on working days from 8.00 to 16.00, a video chat will be available at gov.pl/szczepimysie.
Author: Magdalena Gronek