Estonian «vaccinated island» has to vaccinate little more to see restrictions lifted

The government of Estonia has postponed the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in the Hiiumaa County with the highest vaccination rate until October. Although prime minister Kaja Kallas asked the government to discuss lifting the restrictions for the Baltic Sea island county, now it has been concluded that the necessary Covid-19 vaccination coverage for the general population has not been reached yet, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports.
On Thursday, September 23, government’s public relations adviser Kateriin Pajumägi said to ERR: «The government will return to the matter of making an exception for Hiiumaa when the epidemiological situation warrants it, which is believed to be in three weeks’ time».
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«The government can approve the order when Hiiumaa hits 70 percent of general full vaccination coverage and 85 percent in the elderly risk group,» the government representative noted. «In addition to vaccination coverage, the government is also keeping an eye on other coronavirus indicators, including the rate of infection, number of people hospitalized etc.»
The Estonian Health Board has compiled data which indicate that 66.41% of the population of western Hiiumaa county has been fully vaccinated, ERR reports.