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On Tuesday, the capital starts distributing iodine tablets: residents of Vilnius will be able to pick them up at pharmacies free of charge

Effective Tuesday, the 20th of October, Vilnius residents will be able to receive potassium iodide tablets for protecting from harmful effects of radioactive iodine in case of a possible radiation disaster for free in Eurovaistinė, Camelia, Gintarinė Vaistinė, Norfos Vaistinė and Benu pharmacy chains. Tablets will be distributed to all residents who have declared their place of residence in Vilnius and presented an identity document. Potassium iodide tablets will be distributed to residents as a preventive measure due to the upcoming launch of the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Belarus. They are intended for protecting the thyroid gland from harmful effects of radioactive iodine.

“We are glad that we worked out a solution with the Ministry to smoothly distribute potassium iodide tablets to residents of the city. We will distribute the product through pharmacies who joined in good faith. Although the risk of an accident is very low and we hope that using these tablets will not be necessary, we need to ensure that residents of the city are prepared,” says Povilas Poderskis, Director of the Vilnius City Administration.

Distributed in main pharmacy chains

Please note that e-prescriptions will be issued by the Public Institution Centro Poliklinika – this particular health care facility has been lawfully obligated to issue the prescriptions in a centralized manner. Centro Poliklinika is almost done issuing prescriptions for all the residents who have declared their place of residence in Vilnius to receive potassium iodide tablets for free. Residents will be able to pick up the tablets at the major pharmacy chains, including Camelia, Eurovaistinė, Gintarinė Vaistinė, Norfos Vaistinė and Benu, having presented their identity document. Together with potassium iodide tablets, residents will also receive instructions for use in Lithuanian, Russian, Polish and English.

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