The Ministry of Health of the KR has developed a National Plan for rolling out COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccines for preventing coronavirus infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 have been included in the Special list of medicines permitted to be imported to and used for medical purposes on the territory of the KR without registration. Negotiations are underway with manufacturers of the “Sputnik V” vaccine to prepare documents for registration in the Kyrgyz Republic.
It is planned that vaccination for COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan will be implemented in three phases. The Ministry of Health has prepared a plan for phased immunization of the population, made calculations, and submitted them to the Ministry of Finance.
The Ministry of Health of the KR has also identified priority population groups to receive vaccination based on the recommendations of a Scientific Technical Group of Experts on Immunization (STGEI).
During the 1st phase, which will cover ≤ 3% of the population, it is planned to vaccinate:
- medical workers at high or very high risk of infection who work in the red zones, FGPs, FMCs;
- medical workers of emergency services and intensive therapy units at a high risk of developing severe forms of the disease or mortality;
- medical workers and staff of long-term care facilities;
- socio-demographic groups at a significantly higher risk of developing severe forms of the disease;
- vaccinators, teaching staff of educational institutions, employees of law enforcement and defense agencies, service, sales, trade and public catering workers.
During the 2nd phase, it is planned to carry out vaccination, using the vaccines that will arrive within the framework of the COVAX program, for:
- individuals aged 60 and above;
- individuals below 60 with clinical risk factors and chronic diseases;
- socially vulnerable population groups.
It is expected that 504 000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine (Oxford, England-India) will arrive for the second phase of vaccination.
Estimated dates of vaccines’ arrival: up to 40% (201 000 doses) – in early March, 60% (302 600 doses) – in May-June of the current year. The COVAX program (GAVI) will cover more than 1.3 million people in the period of June-July.
During the 3rd phase, vaccination will be continued using the funds of the state and donor organizations.
All issues related to ensuring the cold chain are being studied in close cooperation with international and donor organizations.
A preliminary plan for setting up vaccination sites has also been developed:
- five (5) vaccination sites will be set up in Bishkek city – in 4 MFMCs and FMC №7, it is planned that each site will inoculate 1000 people from risk groups;
- two (2) sites will be set up in Chuy province– in FMCs of Sokuluk and Issyk-Ata districts;
- and in two (2) FMCs of Osh city.
Under favorable circumstances and based on the results of monitoring the immunization process, other vaccination sites will be set up across the republic. All trained medical workers working on inoculations in the country will be involved in implementing vaccination.
Work is also underway on developing immunological passports and digital apps for electronic queues and the transfer of data on possible post-vaccine reactions.
Additionally, it should be noted that we are expecting the decision of the Russian side on possible supplies, terms and conditions, and pricing policy. A request for 500 000 doses was sent to the RF. The possibility of setting up technological production of the Russian vaccine in the KR to improve access to vaccines continues to be explored.
Vaccines will be offered on a voluntary basis.