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Ukrainians are skeptical about being vaccinated, and it is a problem, says the doctor.

The Chief State Sanitary Doctor in Ukraine, Igor Kuzin, is ringing the alarm bells and is pleading Ukrainians to be vaccinated. 98.1 percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ukraine were unvaccinated over the last three months, he said in a statement

“According to the Electronic Health Care System, over the past three months, almost everyone who is hospitalized due to a severe course or complications from COVID-19 in Ukraine is unvaccinated. If you want to protect yourself from a severe course, hospitalization and death – get vaccinated today,” said Kuzin and said that the epidemic is getting worse. 

Kuzin said that especially older adults with diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. He also pointed out that it is possible to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca, CoronaVac from Sinovac, and Comirnaty from Pfizer, but few decide to do so. 

More than 56 percent of all Ukrainians are still not willing to let themselves vaccinate, according to a recent poll from the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, the Kyiv Post reported. Most Ukrainians are against vaccination because “vaccines are not sufficiently tested.”

The growing pandemic in Ukraine

More people are getting vaccinated in Ukraine, but it is at a slow pace. Around 11,456,000 have been carried out in Ukraine, and approximately five million people have received two doses and are fully vaccinated in Ukraine. A country with about 40 million people. 

Ukraine registered 5,159 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday, which brings the number of cases up to 2.35 million since the pandemic’s start. The number of daily cases has been increasing since August, and it is possible that Ukraine will have a new lockdown. 

Quarantine might be on its way in Ukraine

To avoid that, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers has decided to give special treatment to vaccinated people. In yellow zones, people who have received the first jab will be exempt from restrictions, while people with both doses will be exempt from restrictions in the red zones. People will be able to prove their vaccination status through the new digital vaccination documentation in the Diia mobile app. Also, testing negative in the last 72 hours or having recovered from the disease will grant you free passage.