Mobile units for influenza vaccination have been completed in the capital. More than 400 thousand citizens were vaccinated here, which is almost twice as much as a year earlier. This was announced by the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development Anastasia Rakova.
“Mobile units for influenza vaccination operated in the capital from September 1 to October 31. For two months more than 400 thousand people were vaccinated in them - this is almost twice more than last year,”said the vice-mayor. “The growing popularity of mobile vaccination, on the one hand, suggests that Muscovites have appreciated the convenience of the points. They could be vaccinated in just 15 minutes, for example, on the way to work. At the same time, the numbers indicate that more and more citizens are realizing the importance of vaccination, especially relevant in the current epidemiological situation. The end of mobile vaccination does not mean the end of the vaccination campaign in the city. As before, vaccinations can be done in the city's polyclinics and two centers of state services,”said Anastasia Rakova.
There were about 50 mobile influenza vaccination stations in Moscow. They were located near metro stations, the Moscow Central Circle, railway stations, and near shopping centers. 390 thousand people were vaccinated here.
Also, the vaccination could be done in some centers of public services "My Documents". More than 10 thousand people took advantage of this opportunity.
More than 1,900 volunteers in the capital at mobile points for two months helped the doctors to educate them about the importance of influenza prevention. In total, volunteers have worked more than 30 thousand hours. The recruitment, training and coordination of volunteers was carried out by the “My Career” employment center. The formation of the volunteer corps took place online: volunteers from 18 to 50 years old registered on the portal "I'm at home". The majority of the volunteer corps were students of medical colleges and universities in Moscow. All volunteers underwent distance learning, as a result of which they passed a small test for knowledge of the peculiarities of vaccination. After that, the assistants were distributed among the districts of Moscow and introduced to the project team leaders. Three people were on duty at each mobile point.
Vaccination is the most effective and safest way to protect against influenza and its complications. The effect of vaccination appears after 10-15 days and lasts about a year. Doctors warn: it is better to protect the body in advance, before the start of the epidemic season. Influenza vaccines are inactivated, meaning they do not contain live virus and cannot cause illness. In recent years in Moscow, there have been no cases of severe complications from influenza among those who were vaccinated.