Asked whether the decision to vaccinate senior officials was the right one, the prime minister noted that the issue had already been raised “crosswise”. “Surveys have been conducted to find out what people think. The government has decided to vaccinate a limited number of officials who are members of the Cabinet of Ministers (CM) and the National Security Council (NDP).
In addition, Saeima officials were discussed in the government. The Prime Minister stressed that Saeima is the employer of the government and not the other way around, so the question is how it seems [vakcinēt] necessary officials, the government decided to leave it to the Saeima.
Kariņš pointed out that at the beginning of the second round of vaccinations, the official vaccination of officials encouraged people. “Research has seen where well a third of social workers were willing to receive Covid-19,” the prime minister said, adding that there was also a lot of information in the press, including the rather misinformation that led to that decision.
He also mentioned that the vaccination of officials was carried out in order to encourage those who now need to be vaccinated, while noting the importance of younger workers in care centers agreeing to the vaccine in order to reduce the overall incidence both in them and in the country as a whole.
According to the Prime Minister, tomorrow the Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts (AP) and the Ministry of Health (VM) will propose how to improve this situation. Pavluts noted that coalition partners conceptually agreed with his statement that the vaccination document should reflect the fact that such lists of officials cannot be infinitely extensive. In particular, a certain number of persons fulfilling certain conditions must be determined.
He also said that further decisions on the use of the exceptional vaccine should be made by the official with an open decision of the Cabinet of the Minister. “This must be clearly visible and justified,” the health minister stressed.
As reported, Twitter Many users have criticized the vaccination of at least some ministers and deputies, saying that priority should be given to those who are at greater risk of falling ill and dying after Covid-19 infection.
The LETA agency has already reported that in addition to the “vaccination ambassadors”, there were several politicians with duties related to ensuring the continuity of national security and basic state functions.
Thus, Prime Minister, Minister of Health, Minister of Prosperity Ramon Petravič (For Human Latvia (PCL); KPV LV), Minister of the Interior Sandis Ģirģens (PCL; KPV LV), Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks (AP), Minister of the Economy Jānis Vitenbergs (PCL) (KPV LV), Minister of Finance Jānis Reirs (JV), Minister of Culture Nauris Puntulis (NA), Minister of the Environment and Regional Development Artūrs Toms Plešs (AP) and Foreign Minister Matters Edgars Rinkēvičs (JV). Also vaccinated were Māris Kučinskis (ZZS), chairman of the Saeima National Security Commission, Juris Rancāns (JKP), chairman of the Saeima Commission for Defense, Home Affairs and Prevention of Corruption, and Rihards Kols (NA), head of the Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee. .
Responsible are the National Security Council, which consists of the President, the President of the Saeima, the President of the Saeima Commission for National Security, the President of the Saeima Commission for Defense, Home Affairs and Prevention of Corruption, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense for a unified state policy. and officials in the country, the foreign ministers, the interior minister and the attorney general have the right to participate in council meetings. Of the five members of the Saeima Presidency, the vaccine is currently intended for three people – Saeima President Ināre Mūrniece (NA), as well as speaker members – Dagmāri Beitnere-Le Galla (JKP) and Inese Lībiņa-Egnere (JV).
Although the vaccination of these people in the public sphere is linked to the fact that their responsibilities are linked to ensuring the continuity of national security and basic state functions, Pavluts has previously stressed that “vaccinating officials against Covid-19 will be an additional argument for all”. points out that politicians also have the role of so-called “vaccination magazines”.