Over 700 thousand people vaccinated against coronavirus in Moscow

March 11
Healthcare

Over 700 thousand people were vaccinated against coronavirus in Moscow, said Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development Anastasiya Rakova.

“To date, over 700 thousand people were vaccinated in Moscow, about 10 to 15 thousand people undergo vaccination every day depending on the day of week”, said the Deputy Mayor and added that one of the major tasks was to provide Moscow residents with a convenient way of vaccination.

Coronavirus vaccination is ensured in Moscow at 100 stations at city polyclinics, at mobile teams’ points of work and at popular places of the capital city, as well as at private clinics.

“We have been taking a lot of unconventional decisive measures during the entire period of the pandemic. The most difficult thing was to make such decisions based on the scenarios of the future — no matter how unrealistic they might seem at that moment — rather than on the current situation. This was the main thing we did, and we changed our management approach”, said Anastasiya Rakova.

She adds that Moscow had an opportunity to see how the situation with the coronavirus spread was developing in China and a number of European countries. This made it possible to effectively use the time and take all required measures.

“Let us be compared with New York City. We coped with the situation quite well and took restrictive measures in due time by introducing a lockdown last spring. We introduced a lockdown when we had 1,200 cases, while New York introduced it when it was facing 20 thousand cases per day. Generally speaking, it was senseless with such a number of cases. It is important not only to introduce or not to introduce lockdown but also to do that in due time. It is meaningless to introduce it too early, because when you reopen the city you get an exponential wave of an incidence rate growth again. It is also meaningless to close the city too late, as the economy is affected, while you face all the disadvantages and a healthcare system collapse in full. New York came across an excess death rate in the spring being two times higher of Moscow’s death rate for the whole year”, explained the Deputy Mayor.

Many European countries decided not to cancel their lockdown, and therefore any attempt to weaken restrictive measures automatically triggered an explosive increase in the disease incidence. However, Moscow introduced the self-isolation regime only last spring. The restrictive measures were in force during the incidence growth last autumn. They allowed the capital city to live a full life, although the number of cases was three times higher vs. the spring rates.

A number of circumstances made it possible to manage the situation without a strict self-isolation regime last autumn. In particular, we had already provided a necessary number of hospital beds, tested technologies aimed at detecting and treating the coronavirus. For example, the created reserve hospitals allowed us to provide planned medical care to the fullest extent. At the same time, last autumn saw percentage of free beds for coronavirus patients to be at least 25-30 percent of the total number of COVID-19 beds.

Photo by Maxim Mishin, Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government

Amid the pandemic, the city was not making the planned hospitalisation of Moscow residents for only one month — from mid-April to mid-May. Provision of emergency medical care was not suspended. Planned medical care for life-threatening diseases never stopped — its scope even increased vs. the previous year. Thus, despite the pandemic, the total volume of oncologic care grew by 10 percent over the past year.

“We were deliberately trying to ensure a balance between the situation when the healthcare system would be unable to withstand its burden to experience a collapse and economic issues and population’s incomes. One should understand that any closedown of the economy, any closedown of the urban economy primarily affects people working there. Thus, we had always been trying to keep this reasonable balance”, said Anastasiya Rakova.

According to the Deputy Mayor, the labour market was seriously affected.

“We had the most dynamic labour market before the pandemic. Our registered unemployment was almost zero and amounted to 0.4 percent. It is clear that the pandemic affected industries where a lot of people are employed. For example, the service sector. The unemployment grew to three percent in mid-late October. It is declining again to amount to 0.8-0.9 percent now. This indicator is much lower, but it is still significant for the market. At first, we did not have very many vacancies, the market had significantly shrunk, but now it grew by 2.5 times. Today the market offers about 300 thousand vacancies. The market is gradually recovering”, said Anastasiya Rakova.

Over three thousand of the nine thousand beds are free for treatment of COVID-19 patients today in Moscow. Apart from several other inpatient departments, coronavirus patients are admitted by temporary hospitals where less than half of their capacity is used. These hospitals will continue working till late 2021, even if there are no coronavirus patients left in the capital city.

Source: mos.ru

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