So far, fewer than 3,000 young children have received the vaccine

Aleš Honus

More than 2,800 children aged between 5 and 11 were vaccinated against the coronavirus from Wednesday to Sunday. More than half of them received the dose in Prague. In contrast, only one child was vaccinated in the Karlovy Vary and Liberec regions and none in the Hradec Králové region. This is based on data published by the Ministry of Health on vaccination.

Parents reported more minor children vaccinated against COVID-19 on Sunday evening, December 12th. About 9,000 children registered in the first hours and on Monday. Most children, nearly 1,500, have since been vaccinated in Prague. More than 500 more have received the vaccine in the South Bohemia region, and two hundred more in the South Moravia, Zlín regions, and the Vysočina region.

However, there are about 800,000 children aged 5–11 in the Czech Republic. Hospital vaccination centers vaccinate them, and general practitioners can also administer vaccines. According to the Czech News Agency, only about 250 of the 2,000 practices had signed up by Thursday last week.

Preferably without registration

If parents want to register their children for vaccinations, they have a limited number of places and dates. So it is often better to go for vaccinations without registering than to choose a location and an available date in the registration. Some sites only vaccinate children for a limited time, so early appointments are already taken.

In Prague, for example, the vaccination center does not require people to register. However, at least a telephone reservation is needed there.

Clinics will be added after the holidays 

According to the Association of General Practitioners for Children and Adolescents, it can be expected that there will be more vaccination clinics after the holidays. There should be at least one in every district.

Overall, 61.4 percent of the population has already been vaccinated against coronavirus, and 64.2 percent are registered to be vaccinated or have received one dose of the vaccine.