Health Ministry assures everyone entitled to receive COVID-19 vaccine.

All people in Poland, including foreigners, regardless of whether they have health insurance or not, are entitled to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, a Health Ministry spokesman announced on Friday.

Foreigners staying in Poland do not have to show a permanent residence permit to receive their jabs.

Mr Andrusiewicz said that the third wave of COVID-19 has been declining.

“A 7-percent drop in the number of fatalities is visible week on week,” he stated, adding that the number of new infections and hospital beds occupied by coronavirus patients was also on the decline.

As it stands, there are 28,994 people hospitalised due to COVID-19, including 3,223 patients on ventilators. Wojciech Andrusiewicz pointed out that these figures translate into a 39-percent drop compared to the situation from a week ago.

According to Mr Andrusiewicz, the British coronavirus mutation is now the dominant strain of coronavirus in Poland, causing 97 percent of all cases.

The spokesman stated that the Brazilian strain had not yet been confirmed in Poland.

“Two Poles, who were diagnosed with the Brazilian coronavirus strain, had been in Belgium. They have returned to Poland but they have already recovered,” he added.

According to the ministry, 250,248 people are quarantined and 2,401,457 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the country so far. As it stands, there are still 275,958 active cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Poland.

A total of 9,806,966 people have been vaccinated so far, including 7,311,128 who have received one dose and 2,495,838 who have been inoculated twice.

The number of occupied ventilators amounts to 3,223 out of 4,525 available.

As of Friday morning, as many as 145,385,109 coronavirus cases, 3,086,645 deaths and 123,390,046 recoveries have been confirmed worldwide.

The US remains the country with the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, amounting to 32,669,121, India has the second most with 16,263,695 cases and Brazil third with 14,172,139.

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