50 vaccination booths and up to 15 000 of vaccines to residents per day – these are the capacities which Vilnius will add to its vaccination base from the beginning of next week, opening up another COVID-19 mass vaccination centre at the exhibition and congress centre Litexpo.
With the other two mass vaccination centres at the municipality building (at Konstitucijos pr. 3) and the Žirmūnai Vocational Education Centre (Žirmūnų g. 1B) continuing their activities, other institutions providing outpatient health services in the capital will be able to focus on revaccination of residents who already had their first vaccine and home vaccination of patients who face mobility difficulties.
“Taking into account the information of the Government about increasing quantities of vaccines to be received in the second quarter of the year, we are ready to vaccinate in the premises of Litexpo which can accommodate flows of thousands of visitors,” said the Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius. – We will have enough room, there are hundreds of thousands willing to get vaccinated, so all we need right now is a number of vaccines to meet that need. If necessary, Vilnius is ready to vaccinate not only residents of the city, but also residents of the surrounding regions, which struggle with vaccination.”
50 vaccination booths will be opened in the largest hall No. 5 of Litexpo centre, which has a convenient access and a spacious parking. Those arriving by cars will be immediately directed to the free parking lot reserved for the vaccination center, while a bus will bring those, who use public transport to come to the centre, to a specially designated stop. To this end, new routes are being prepared which will bring to the vaccination centre from several parts of the city. The main rule which everyone will be subject to is the possibility to enter the territory of the Litexpo centre from the parking lot 15 minutes before vaccination only, so the municipality asks residents not to arrive too early.
According to plans, this vaccination centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Almost all of the city’s primary personal health care facilities, including the private Medica clinic and the Inmedica family clinic, will provide their services here. Red Cross volunteers will help coordinate vaccination processes on the site; riflemen are also expected to assist with the process.
The rent of Litexpo premises costs about EUR 30 000 per month for the City. With the approval of the City Council, the premises were rented for 3-6 months, with the right to extend the rent for the same period of time, if this is necessary due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination. Preparation of the premises for vaccination will cost about EUR 40 000.
All information about special public transport routes to the vaccination centre in the territory of Litexpo will be available online at judu.lt or vilniustransport.lt, but please use the usual public transport routes for now, till they become available.
Registration for vaccination at the Litexpo center will be open today, April 22, online at https://vakcina.vilnius.lt/. This website also presents information about population groups who can now get vaccines in Vilnius.