Coronavirus vaccines only to be administered at clinics with ICUs

  • So far more than 300 medical workers have been inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Batumi and Kobuleti. Photo: Ministry of Health of Adjara., 19 Mar 2021 - 15:43, Tbilisi,Georgia

Following the death of 27-year-old Georgian nurse Megi Bakradze earlier today after she received the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 18 and went into anaphylactic shock, Georgian health officials have decided that vaccination will continue only in clinics with intensive care units (ICUs). 

Vaccination will continue and in order to ensure maximum safety the Ministry of Health and the Center for Disease Control jointly decided to continue vaccination with AstraZeneca as well as the Pfizer vaccine only at clinics with intensive care units", said deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia.

She said that all reservations that medical workers have made at outpatient facilities have been redirected today to clinics with ICUs.

Earlier today the Ministry of Health of Adjara announced that coronavirus vaccination had been suspended in four municipalities of Adjara in Khelvachauri, Keda, Shuakhevi and Khulo.

In Adjara vaccination continues in Batumi Republican Clinical Hospital. Medical workers from the above-mentioned four municipalities will be able to get the vaccine in Batumi.

Georgia received the first 43,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine on March 13. 

Vaccination of health workers started on March 15 throughout Georgia.

Georgia has reported 360 new cases of coronavirus, 242 recoveries and nine deaths in the past 24 hours.