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Recommendations for residents

Vaccination against COVID-19

The COVID-19 vaccination scheme has been launched. As part of Stage 0, vaccinations will be provided to healthcare service staff, in Stage 1 – to senior citizens, uniformed services and teachers, and in Stage 2 – to persons under 60 suffering from chronic diseases. As part of Stage 3, vaccinations will be available to all adult Polish nationals and foreigners (persons with a temporary or permanent stay permit) due to employment in Poland.

Detailed information on the organisation of vaccinations and issues related to the administration of the vaccine are available via a 24/7 helpline operated by the National Health Fund (NFZ) - phone: 989. Information is provided in four languages – Polish, English, Russian and Ukrainian.

 

Vaccinations are open – here’s what you should 

On 15 January registration for specific vaccination dates will open for people aged 80 or more, and the remaining adults will have an opportunity to declare their willingness to be vaccinated.

For people aged 80 or more

You can register for a specific vaccination date starting from 15 January.

For people aged 70 or more

You can register for a specific vaccination date starting from 22 January. Vaccinations for this group will start on 25 January.

How to register

You can register with one of the three channels:

989 helpline

e-registration at http://pacjent.gov.pl,

direct appointment at a selected vaccination point (map and contact details of vaccination points). 

Registration through the helpline

Before calling, have your national identification number (PESEL) ready.

Call the free 989 helpline. If you're calling from abroad, use the number +48 22 62 62 989.

Follow the instructions.

If you are in the group for which the vaccinations have already started, choose 1.

Give the consultant your first and last name, PESEL and contact phone number. The consultant will present to you the soonest possible dates at the nearest vaccination point and schedule the appointment for the date of your choice.

After the call, you will receive a text message stating the date and place of the vaccination. You will receive a text message with a reminder a day before.

Your appointment for the second vaccination dose will be scheduled at the vaccination point right after administering the first dose.

All information on vaccinations can be found in your online patient account.


E-registration system

Go to pacjent.gov.pl. For that you need a trusted profile.

Confirm your details and accept the rules and regulations.

The system will provide to you five vaccination dates at points near your place of residence (saved in the patient account).

If none of the dates is acceptable or you want to change the location, use the browser to identify the place and date that suits you.

Choose the point, the time and click “Select”.

After the registration is complete, you will receive a text message stating the date and place of the vaccination. A day before you will receive a text message with a reminder.

Your appointment for the second vaccination dose will be scheduled at the vaccination point right after administering the first dose.

All information on vaccinations can be found in your online patient account.


Registration via SMS

Send an SMS reading: SzczepimySie to the following number: 664 908 556.

The system will guide you step by step: first, you will be asked to provide your PESEL number, and then your post code.  

The system will display the earliest proposed date of a vaccination appointment at the facility located close to your place of residence.

If you find this date inconvenient, you will be able to choose another date.

Once registered, you will receive an SMS reminding you of the date and place of your appointment 24 hours before the appointment.

Important notice! If no dates are available in the registration system, every person who sends an SMS will be contacted by hotline staff as soon as the registration procedure re-opens.

 

For people aged 18-69
You can apply for vaccination from 15 January.

Go to gov.pl/szczepimysie.

Click “Zgłoszenie (Apply)”.

Complete the form by providing your first and last name, PESEL, email address, post code and, optionally, your phone number.

Confirm your application – an email will be sent to the address provided with a request to confirm your application.

When the registration for vaccinations for your group commences, you will receive an email stating that your e-referral has been issued and that you can register for a specific date.

Register for the vaccination.

 

Where you can get vaccinated
There are almost 6000 vaccination points throughout Poland. Their map and addresses are available on https://www.gov.pl/web/szczepimysie/punkty-szczepien. The list will be updated on an ongoing basis.

More information is available on www.gov.pl.szczepimysie.

What happens after vaccination
People who have been administered two doses of the vaccine will receive a QR code which will enable them to enjoy the rights of vaccinated persons.

How to get vaccinated against COVID-19?
Vaccinations against COVID-19 are open. Phase 0 includes the employees of healthcare establishments, Social Welfare Homes and other staff members of these entities.

Foreigners
Foreigners will be vaccinated according to the phases described below (individuals with permanent or temporary residence rights) on the basis of working in Poland in the groups identified in phases 0-III:

Phase 0 – healthcare professionals
The phase will include the employees of the healthcare sector (including private entities):

healthcare sector employees (including those with a private practice),

employees of Social Welfare Homes,

employees of Municipal Social Services Centres,

support and administrative personnel of medical establishments, including sanitary and epidemiological stations,

laboratory diagnosticians,

pharmacists,

medical transport employees,

academic teachers of medical higher education institutions and students of medical majors.


Phase 1 – the elderly, uniformed services and teachers
Phase 1 will cover:

residents of Social Welfare Homes,

healthcare and curative institutions,

residential care facilities and other residential care entities,

individuals aged 60 or more,

uniformed services,

teachers.

 

Persons aged 60 or more will be vaccinated starting from the oldest to the youngest, with a priority for those who are:

professionally active,

in the process of diagnosis and treatment requiring contact with healthcare establishments

with co-morbidities increasing the risk of severe COVID-19.

Phase 2 – individuals with co-morbidities

The second phase includes persons aged below 60

with chronic diseases,

in the process of diagnosis and treatment,

directly involved in ensuring primary state operations and at the risk of infection due to frequent social contacts (among others, critical infrastructure sector employees (including water, gas, electricity and ICT services suppliers), employees of post offices, the food and drug safety sector, the public transport sector, officials in charge of combatting the pandemic, employees of the justice system, and officers of customs and tax services).


The list of co-morbidities is as follows:

chronic kidney diseases,

neurological deficits (e.g. dementia),

lung diseases,

cancer,

diabetes,

COPD,

cerebrovascular diseases,

hypertension,

immunity deficiencies,

cardiovascular diseases,

chronic liver diseases,

obesity,

nicotine addiction-related diseases,

asthma,

thalassemia,

cystic fibrosis,

sickle cell anaemia.

The patients with co-morbidities, regardless of their age group, may ask their primary healthcare physicians to issue an e-referral. The optimum vaccination time in the case of oncological patients should be consulted with the physician verifying the patient's suitability for vaccination.

Phase 3 – other groups

Phase 3 of the vaccinations covers the remaining groups, i.e. business owners and employees working in industries locked down due to the epidemic. Common vaccinations of other groups of individuals above 18 years of age are also planned.

 

Covering your mouth and nose in the public space, including

  • in public transport vehicles,

  • in streets, roads and squares, at cemeteries, promenades, boulevards, parking spaces, and forest car parks,

  • in common areas of residential properties, in staircases, lifts, laundry rooms and other common premises used by the residents of such buildings;

  • at work and in public utility buildings, e.g. offices, banks, post offices,

  • in retail or service premises and outlets, and on open-air markets (stands);

  • in churches and other places of worship,

  • at cinemas and theatres,

  • at doctor's offices, outpatient clinics and hospitals,

  • in massage and tattoo parlours.

Where is covering your mouth and nose not obligatory?

  • in forests, parks, green areas, botanical gardens, historic gardens, at family allotment sites, and at the beach,

  • in restaurants or bars - if you are sitting at a table, eating or drinking,

  • at work - if you do not have contacts with persons from the outside,

  • while having a meal or a drink after you take your seat on a train covered by obligatory booking, including meals and drinks served on the train (in WARS buffet cars).

Who does not have to cover their noses and mouths in public spaces?

  • children under 4,

  • persons who cannot cover their noses and mouths due to pervasive developmental disorders, mental disorders, moderate, severe or profound intellectual disability,

  • persons who have difficulties in covering or uncovering their mouths and noses without assistance,

  • persons who have trouble breathing (they must have a medical decision or certificate confirming such condition!),

  • public transport drivers and private transport service providers, if they are separated from the passengers with a screen,

  • clergymen performing religious ceremonies.

 

Discard used gloves and masks to mixed waste


Used protective equipment poses a threat of spreading coronavirus. Therefore, residents, after using disposable gloves and masks, should immediately throw them into the mixed waste bin. Take off gloves and masks carefully.

 

Protect yourself against infection:

Wash your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based disinfectants. Always cover your mouth and nose when sneezing. If you are returning from a region where the coronavirus is present and you show signs of the disease or you have had any contact with an infected person, reach out to a sanitary and epidemiological unit or report to an observation and infection ward. Avoid crowded areas.

If you have questions about the coronavirus, please call the toll-free helpline 800 190 590 or go to www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus (link https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus) or A map of infections  (link https://www.gov.pl/web/koronawirus/wykaz-zarazen-koronawirusem-sars-cov-2)