A COVID-19 patient receives care in Hospital Number 4 in Kyiv. October 2021. Photo: Emil Filtenborg

It would almost be a Christmas miracle, if he was right. The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denis Shmyhal, expects to vaccinate the majority of the adult Ukrainian population before the end of the year.

This Autumn brought quite a scare to many people in Ukraine, as the number of daily registered new cases started soaring towards 20,000 and beyond. Most of the country was put under a pretty relaxed “red zone” quarantine policy, but by the looks of it, it has helped a lot in the fight against COVID-19.

Importantly, more and more Ukrainians are getting vaccinated, and Prime Minster of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal has very high expectations for the process this year. He expects to have almost achieved herd immunity with more than half of the population vaccinated by the end of December, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

“Our own example of vaccination and the opening of vaccination points at religious organizations gave a good impetus to the process as a whole. We expect to vaccinate the majority of the adult population by the end of the year. This will undoubtedly help save many lives,” Shmyhal said.

The remark was made as a part of a meeting with the religious leadership, who has been helping the government with motivating people to get the vaccine, which is still heavily opposed by roughly half of all Ukrainians. Vaccine scepticism has a long history in Ukraine, and is not only a COVID-19 thing, but has also shown in the fight against measles and polio.

An over all drop

Since the peak of this current wave, the total amount of daily registered COVID-19 cases have dropped by almost half. During yesterday, December 1, 13,531 new cases were registered i Ukraine. 525 people died from complications that were related to the corona virus.

23,535 recovered, which means that there are around 10,000 active cases less today than there was yesterday, which over all is a very good thing for the country, as it obviously eases the pressure on the healthcare system, and for the until-recently sick people, as the only alternative to recovery is death.

87,057 people have died in Ukraine since the beginning of the pandemic. Ukraine administers roughly 210,000 doses of the COVDI-19 vaccine everyday. 11,4 million people have been fully vaccinated since the inoculation campaign began in Ukraine almost one year ago. Unfortunately some of these vaccines will soon lose their efficacy, though most of them are more recent.