© Reuters. Members of a mobile COVID vaccination team in Prague
PRAGUE (Reuters) – A Prague clinic has launched a mobile team to administer COVID-19 injections in nursing homes and social care homes, where hundreds of residents will be among the first in the Czech Republic to escape fear of infection. On Wednesday, the team vaccinated dozens of people with mental health and other conditions at the Home of the Holy Family in Prague, giving them hope that they could enjoy the full range of activities after months of restrictions. “We are very happy to have entered the priority groups,” said Jarmila Lomozova, deputy director of the aid organization Caritas in the Archdiocese of Prague. He said the vaccine gave hope that some of the residents’ favorite activities could resume, such as singing and dancing with a visiting accordionist. The house houses about 70 people in apartments of up to 8 each. About three-quarters were vaccinated Wednesday, although some were unable to receive the injection for health reasons or due to a recent COVID-19 infection. Dr. David Dolezil of the Prague Municipal Medical Center said that the mobile team of a doctor, two nurses and a driver was necessary to reach people with reduced mobility. “We will vaccinate nine institutions in one week and we will serve about 350 clients,” he said. The Czech Republic is proportionally among the worst affected countries in the world, with 13,656 deaths from COVID-19 and hospitals creaking under the load of new admissions over the past week.