Vaccination against COVID-19 in Warsaw

WHY IS VACCINATION WORTHWHILE   |  HOW DOES THE ANTI-COVID-19 VACCINATION WORK  |  TYPES OF VACCINES   |


Damian Medical Center has joined the National Vaccination Program.

Both the vaccine and qualification consultation are free of charge for every patient.

The vaccination process for patients follows the order of immunization announced by the Government.


Who can get vaccinated?

Everyone who is legally staying in Poland, including foreigners who do not have a PESEL number, can get vaccinated against COVID-19 free of charge. 

How to sign up for vaccination in Warsaw?

If you have a PESEL number, your vaccination referral is issued automatically. You can sign up for vaccinations in one of the following ways:

  • Call the 24-hour toll-free hotline - 989. 
  • Register online on the patient's portal pacjent.gov.pl:
  • Register through a trusted profile (Polish: Profil Zaufany).
  • Quick registration without a trusted profile. All you have to do is enter your PESEL number, last name, and phone number here.
  • Send an SMS to 664 908 556 or 880 333 333 with the text SzczepimySie.
  • Contact the selected vaccination point.

How to sign up for vaccination if you do not have a PESEL number?

If you do not have a PESEL number, you need a referral from a general practice doctor. Make an appointment for a free doctor's consultation at Damian Medical Center. During the visit, the doctor will issue an electronic referral for vaccination. Bring your passport or ID card to the visit. Once your doctor has issued an e-referral, you can register for the vaccination in one of three ways:

  • call 989,
  • send an SMS with the text: SzczepimySie to the number 664 908 556,
  • directly at the place of your residence at the selected vaccination point.

Vaccination point at Al. Zjednoczenia in Warsaw

  • The Anti-COVID-19 vaccination point is located at the Damian Medical Center, Al. Zjednoczenia 36, 1st floor (elevator is available),
  • You can sign up for vaccination:
    • by calling the NFZ toll-free number 989
    • via the Internet, using the Online Patient Account at https://pacjent.gov.pl
    • by contacting directly the Damian Medical Center on dedicated phone number 22 566 22 60.
  • If the age requirement is met and you do not have a referral for vaccination, the referral will be issued by a GP.
    Here you can submit an ONLINE declaration of joining the Primary Healthcare at the Damian Medical Center, Al. Zjednoczenia 36 (Stare Bielany subway station).
  • All vaccination e-referrals are valid for 90 days. If you do not have a PESEL number or the first e-referral had expired, you can ask your family doctor or a GP to issue another e-referral.
  • Vaccination is preceded by qualification for vaccination, for which the Patient completes the “Initial screening questionnaire for adults before vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus”, which can be downloaded HERE. Fill the questionnaire and take with you on the day of vaccination or fill it at the facility on the day of vaccination.
  • The current schedule of vaccination registrations and information for people of different age groups can be found at:
    https://www.gov.pl/web/szczepimysie/rejestracja

Detailed information is available at:

koronawirus-szczepionka

 


Why is a vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 worthwhile?

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus vaccination is effective, safe, voluntary and free. Experts of the World Health Organization confirm that it is worth getting vaccinated. Positive recommendations were also issued by scientists from the Polish Academy of Science, the Polish Society of Vaccinology and the Polish Society of Epidemiologists and Doctors of Infectious Diseases, based on medical knowledge and clinical trials authorizing the vaccine for use.

Vaccination against COVID-19 gives a very high probability (about 95%) of protection against coronavirus infection. Thanks to this, you can protect not only yourself but also members of your family, friends, acquaintances and even accidentally met people from this dangerous disease. In addition, by vaccinating you will gain inner peace, resulting from your own safety and that of your loved ones. Thanks to mass vaccinations, we will return to normal functioning faster without numerous restrictions.

Dosing and administration of vaccine

The coronavirus vaccine is administered intramuscularly. Depending on the type of vaccine, it is given either as a single dose or in a series of two doses. Protection against infection is observed 7 days after the second dose or after administration of the single-dose vaccine.

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How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

The vaccine stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies, and vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus helps developing immunity to possible infection with the coronavirus without having to get sick.

Types of vaccines

Currently, 4 types of anti-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus vaccines have been registered in Poland:

  • Comirnaty from Pfizer/BioNTech,
  • Covid-19 Vaccine Moderna from Moderna Biotech Spain, S.L.,
  • COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca from AstraZeneca AB,
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen from Janssen-Cilag International NV.

Post-vaccination adverse effects

Most adverse effects are mild and shouldn't last longer than a week. These are, for example:

  • short-term, mild to moderate pain at the injection site (> 80%), usually without redness or swelling.
  • fatigue (> 60%),
  • headache (> 50%),
  • muscle pain and chills (> 30%),
  • joint pain (> 20%),
  • fever (> 10%),
  • nausea, malaise and swollen lymph nodes (uncommon (≥1 / 1.000 to <1/100).

Vaccination in convalescents

It is also safe to vaccinate convalescents against coronavirus. For the third phase of research on the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, in addition to those who had never had coronavirus infection, convalescents were also recruited. It was then found that vaccination may increase their immunity to reinfection. Therefore, it is recommended that people who have already been infected with the coronavirus are vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, there is still no information on how long immunity to the coronavirus remains after the infection, so there is no guarantee of not getting sick again after contracting COVID-19.


Contraindications for vaccination

Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients - in people who have experienced an anaphylactic reaction after the first dose of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus vaccine or a severe allergic reaction to the active substance or any other component of the vaccine is an absolute contraindication to vaccination. Before being vaccinated, tell your doctor if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to drugs, vaccines, or food.

In addition, the vaccine is not recommended for the following groups as there are insufficient data on the safety of the vaccine in these groups:

  • children and adolescents up to 16 years of age (the clinical trial was conducted on people from 16 years of age up),
  • pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant - limited data are available, therefore vaccination should only be considered if potential benefits outweigh any risk for the mother and the fetus. A woman should not get pregnant for at least 2 months after the vaccination,
  • breastfeeding women - it is not known if the vaccine passes to breast milk.

There are no contraindications for vaccination in people who have immunodeficiency or are receiving immunosuppressive drugs. However, they may develop a decreased immune response. Efficacy and safety in this group of patients have not been assessed. The final decision as to whether such a person can be vaccinated will be made by the doctor who qualifies for the vaccination.

In the case of coagulation disorders and using anticoagulants, you should be especially careful and inform your doctor about a history of coagulation disorders and about the medications you are taking. After administration of the coronavirus vaccine, bleeding or bruising may occur in this group of patients.

Temporary contraindications for vaccination against COVID-19 are:

  • current or recent coronavirus infection (vaccination should be postponed until full recovery and at least 4 weeks after the onset of symptoms or 4 weeks from the first positive RT-PCR or antigen test result in asymptomatic and oligosymptomatic people - thanks to this, it is possible to avoid incorrect assignment of a new adverse effect to the vaccine),
  • acute, severe illness with fever or acute infection - until the symptoms of the infection have resolved,
  • exacerbation of chronic diseases - until the patient's condition stabilizes.

Detailed information on the National Vaccination Program is available at: https://www.gov.pl/web/szczepimysie