In Ukrainian town with 75% vaccinated population, none of COVID-19 patients require hospitalization

In Ukrainian town with 75% vaccinated population, none of COVID-19 patients require hospitalization

In the resort town of Morshyn, Lviv region, which in the spring took part in the health ministry’s experiment on mass vaccination to develop collective immunity to COVID-19, none of the coronavirus patients require hospital treatment.

That’s according to Morshyn Mayor Ruslan Ilnytskyi who spoke with Ukrinform.

"As of today, only 22 people in Morshyn have COVID-19 (a total number of active cases as of October 26 - ed.), eight of these patients are vaccinated, but none of them are in hospital. This summer, we had no one with this disease but with the advent of the Delta strain we’re having this trend. At the same time, throughout this entire period, no patient was hospitalized. They all experience mild and moderate forms, so they are treated at home in self-isolation," Ilnytskyi said.

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The mayor shared that the expectations from mass vaccination were somewhat higher: the authorities hoped that people would not get sick at all. However, the mayor adds, during the previous wave of coronavirus in March this year, there were many in Morshyn who were being hospitalized in serious condition, and also there were some fatalities.

"The experiment was successful from different perspectives because there are no hospitalized patients. And if we talk about the economic factor, because this was also our motivation when we applied to the Ministry of Health, throughout this summer and now, too, we have people spending their vacation here, sanatoriums are at full capacity. According to the requirements enforced in Ukraine, 90%-100% of staff at these sanatoriums are vaccinated, so this experiment significantly helped us get out of the economic and pandemic-related crisis. In April, we fulfilled budget targets by 50%, and now we’re seeing 86%-87%," Ilnytskyi added.

As of October 26, some 75% of the adult population in town got at least one jab.

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As Ukrinform reported, a pilot project of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine on mass vaccination of citizens against COVID-19 to develop collective immunity was launched in the resort town of Morshyn, Lviv region, on April 16. In a short while, the town had 70% of the adult population vaccinated. Prior to the emergence of the Delta strain, no COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Morshin for a long period.

Over the previous day, October 25, Lviv region’s health authorities ran 2,831 COVID-19 tests, of which 1,104 returned positive. A total of 174,464 people have contracted the coronavirus in Lviv region since the onset of the pandemic, while 4,433 died.

Across Ukraine, a total of 2,803,159 people have contracted COVID-19 (19,120 in the past 24 hours), 2,390,112 recovered, and 64,936 succumbed to the coronavirus.

254,920 people were vaccinated against coronavirus in the past day, of whom 185,786 received their first dose and 69,134 were fully immunized. Since the launch of the inoculation campaign, 9,151,480 people have been vaccinated, of whom 9,151,478 received one dose and 7,058,802 were fully immunized.

94% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 last week were unvaccinated.


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