Mobile vaccine team brings relief to Prague's most vulnerable

PRAGUE (Reuters) – A mobile team has been formed by Prague's clinic to send COVID-19 shots in senior homes and social service homes, where hundreds of Czech citizens are among the first to prevent infection.

On Wednesday, the team vaccinated thousands of people with mental wellbeing and other disabilities in the Holy Family Home of Prague and gave them the promise that after months of limitations they would experience the entire spectrum of events.

Jarmila Lomozova, deputy head of the Caritas relief agency in the archdiocese of Prague said: "We are exceptionally pleased that we have been in the priority groups.

She said the vaccine provided hope that some of the favorite activities of the residents, including singing and dancing with a visiting accordionist would resume.

The house accommodates roughly 70 people in apartments of 8 people each.

On Wednesday, about three quarters were vaccinated, while some were unable to take the shot because of health concerns or the latest outbreak of COVID-19.

DR David Dolezil of the Municipal Medical Center in Prague said it was appropriate for the mobile team of a doctor, two nurses and a driver to meet the injured.

"We will vaccinate nine institutions in a week and serve about 350 clients," he said.

The Czech Republic is among the hardest affected countries in the world with 13 656 COVID-19 deaths in recent weeks and hospitals collapsing under new entrances.

(Jiri Skacel and Jan Lopatka reporting; Giles Elgood editing)