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CDHRF: To open different vaccination factors in Prishtina

The Council for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms has called on the Ministry of Health to take immediate action by opening other vaccination points for citizens in order to dismiss the “October 1” hall and for citizens not to be forced to wait hours for vaccination.

The CDHRF says the Ministry of Health needs to be much more responsible to increase the effectiveness of vaccination otherwise it will be held accountable for human rights violations.

CDHRF response:

On May 14, 2021 in the hall “1Tetori” in Pristina has continued vaccination of citizens over 65 years. The queues are long and a big commotion has been caused, therefore the Kosovo Police is maintaining order. CDHRF calls on the Ministry of Health to take immediate action by opening other vaccination points for citizens in order to vacate the hall “October 1” and that citizens are not forced to wait for hours for vaccination as soon as we have to do with a sensitive and vulnerable group in terms of health. The Ministry of Health must urgently increase the number of vaccination points so early that in the near future Kosovo will be supplied with a significant number of vaccines, which means that the number of citizens of different ages will increase greatly.

It is clear that the way of organizing vaccination so far has not been shown to be effective because it is causing long queues. The Ministry of Health must be much more responsible to increase the effectiveness of vaccination otherwise there will be responsibility for human rights violations. Health protection is one of the basic human rights and the Ministry of Health has an institutional responsibility to protect these rights. The Ministry of Health should take the good practices of the countries of the region such as Albania and coordinate, either in terms of logistics, or seeking professional advice and staff.

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