Covid-19: vaccination centers in Sofia, several other districts, this weekend

On November 6th and 7th, Sofia will have 11 municipal special vaccination centers for Covid-19, while the Bulgarian Ministry of Health announced this weekend a list of vaccination centers in several other districts.

Sofia City Council announced that there are vaccination sites at the National Palace of Culture metro station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the connection between Sofia University’s St. Kliment Ohridski metro station and Orlov Most, which runs from noon is open until 5 p.m.

In the Paradise Mall, Ring Mall, Serdica Mall, Bulgaria Mall and The Mall on Tsarigradsko Chaussee Boulevard there will be vaccination centers that will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The vaccination center in the cultural center in the Druzhba residential area is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Diagnostic Advisory Center at 17 Ivan Boychev Street in the Lyulin residential area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the New Bulgarian University there will be an outdoor vaccination station from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

The Sofia municipality announced that last weekend, October 30th and 21st, a total of 2167 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 were administered at the city vaccination centers. The vaccinations on the weekends at the municipal vaccination centers in Sofia now add up to 30,439, the municipality said.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Health announced that there will be vaccination centers this weekend, except in the city and district of Sofia, in Varna, Burgas, Veliko Turnovo, Yambol, Gabrovo, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Dobrich, Blagoevgrad, Rousse, Razgrad, Haskovo, Turgovishte, Pleven, Smolyan, Montana, Sliven, Pernik, Kyustendil, Stara Zagora, Shumen, Silistra and Vratsa. The full list in Bulgarian can be found with this link.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Vaccine tracker said the cumulative uptake of at least one vaccine dose in adults on November 5 in the EU-EEA region was 80.8 percent. In Bulgaria it was 29.1 percent.

The ECDC said that the number of full vaccinations for adults in the EU-EEA countries on November 5 was 75.7 percent. In Bulgaria it was 26.5 percent.

A week ago, on October 29, the value for Bulgaria was 27.4 percent for at least one dose and 25.5 percent for those who had completed the vaccination cycle.

The head of the Pirogov Emergency Hospital in Sofia, Professor Ivan Poromanski, told Nova Televizia in an interview on November 5 that nine out of ten Covid-19 patients had died in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

“The numbers are the same in other hospitals,” said Poromanski. “A negligible number of the dead were vaccinated.”

He said there was only one option, vaccination. “This disease is very uncomfortable and if someone thinks they can get away with it, they are very wrong,” said Poromanski.

The pressure on the hospitals in Varna, which ranks third in the number of new infections with Covid-19 in Bulgaria, is growing day by day, the Bulgarian national television (BNT) announced on November 5.

Last day alone, 432 people with Covid-19 were hospitalized in the city. About 90 percent of them were not vaccinated, the report said.

In the St. Marina Hospital in Varna, which supplies the entire north-east of Bulgaria, 93 percent of the Covid beds were occupied.

The report said there was a problem in the hospital with a shortage of medical staff and there weren’t enough ventilators to treat patients.

A problem with hospital beds is also being felt in Plovdiv, which ranks second in terms of Covid-19 incidence in the country, the BNT report said.

The Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) reported on November 5 that there were no Covid-19 intensive care beds available in the Pazardzhik hospital.

BNR reported to the hospital director that it was not possible to provide more.

Separately, BNR reported that the only Covid-19 intensive care unit in the Yambol district was full.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Health announced that the last drawing in a lottery that won a smartwatch in exchange for vaccination against Covid-19 took place on November 5 on BNT.

The ministry said 8,000 people had registered to take part in the game. The Ministry announced the lottery on 09/30

(Photo: Military Medical Academy)

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