WARSAW, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Polish government will start registering the COVID-19 vaccination intent of the general public on Friday, the head of the Prime Minister's Chancellery Michal Dworczyk said Wednesday.
All Poles over the age of 18 can register their intent to receive a vaccine at a special web portal. Starting on Friday, citizens over the age of 80 can register to receive a date and place to get their jabs, while those over the age of 70 can do the same a week later.
The vaccination process will start on Jan. 25, with 4,62 million Poles eligible for receiving their jabs at one of 5,994 designated points.
Before the end of March, Poland should have received around 6 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, Dworczyk added.
So far, around 338,000 Poles have been vaccinated, mostly medical workers, showed the government figures. Some 50 people have experienced side effects from the vaccination, mainly localized pain around the jabbed area. One person has been reported to be admitted to hospital due to a serious allergic reaction.
Over 1.4 million Poles have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with the death toll standing at 32,074.
As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in some countries with the already-authorized coronavirus vaccines.
Meanwhile, 236 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide -- 63 of them in clinical trials -- in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to information released by WHO on Tuesday.