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More and more Ukrainians are getting vaccinated. Almost 40 percent of Ukrainians have now received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. 

Almost 40 percent of Ukrainians have now received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 28 percent are now fully vaccinated, said the Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko recently on Facebook. It marks a turning point for Ukraine, which had experienced large problems with Ukrainians refusing to be vaccinated. 

More than 250,000 people are daily receiving a Covid-19 dose at the moment, which is much higher than what was seen months ago. Recently, due to a rising number of infections, several regions in Ukraine went into lockdown for the unvaccinated, and it is possible that it has been the driving force to people receiving the shot. 

In the last couple of weeks, Ukraine has also seen the number of daily infections stabilize after a spike in recent months. The number of deaths, however, remains high. Yesterday, 838 are reported to have died, which is a record, writes Censor.net

88.2 percent of the people in hospital haven’t received any vaccination, informed the Ministry of Health recently. 

“The plateau of morbidity has already been reached in Ukraine and the stabilization of the situation has begun,” said the Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal recently to Ukrinform and added that this doesn’t mean that the crisis is over. 

Still a low vaccination rate

Shmyhal also pointed out that only 139,000 cases have been reported this week, which is lower than the 152,000 last week. Furthermore, the number of occupied hospital beds dropped from 51,700 last week to 50,962 this week, he said. 

The Prime Minister has also urged Ukrainians to get the jab. Ukraine, however, has a large vaccine skeptism in the country and the number of people vaccinated remains much lower than in other European countries. 

In October, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, warned that if people aren’t soon vaccinated, thousands more will die. 

“Unfortunately, given what we have, we may see a thousand daily deaths from COVID-19 in early November,” Danilov said, according to Ukrinform, and added that the daily number of cases is projected to be more than 50,000 if nothing is done.