First batch of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine arrive in Georgia

First batch of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine arrive in Georgia

The plane delivered the first batch of 29,250 doses of the U.S.-German Pfizer/BioNtech coronavirus vaccine to Georgia late yesterday. 

Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 95% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people without evidence of previous infection.

Starting today, people over 65 years of age will be allowed to register for the Covid-19 vaccination in Georgia and make a choice between Pfizer and British AstraZeneca vaccines. 

Vaccination with Pfizer will be available in four clinics of Tbilisi: Republican Hospital, Bokeria clinic, Caucasus Medical Centre and Amtel hospital, in two clinics of Kutaisi and in Batumi Republican Hospital in the Adjara region, reported.

Individuals receiving either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines against Covid-19 will have to stay at clinics for 45 minutes, instead of 30 minutes to be observed if there are any adverse effects. 

The decision to extend the observation period from 30 minutes came after the death of a nurse on March 19 caused by anaphylactic shock after receiving the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

43,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine entered Georgia on March 13, while the vaccination of health workers started on March 15. 4,048 heath workers have been vaccinated so far.