Brussels, 15 December 2021 (TDI): The European Commission and its representation in Romania will support national authorities against the COVID-19 outbreak by launching a communication drive regarding vaccination.

The campaign will feature a 40-second short clip, which will be aired on Romanian TV stations, and a 20-second message for radio stations and it will air for seven consecutive weeks.

Stella Kyriakides, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, stated:

“It is urgent that we close the vaccination gap in the EU. With the arrival of Omicron, vaccination and boosting is more important than ever. In Romania only 39% of the population has so far been fully vaccinated, and the pace of vaccination continues to decrease. Vaccination gaps do not only increase the risks of severe disease, hospitalisation, and loss of life, they also leave room for more severe and transmissible variants. This is a risk not only for Romania but for the EU as a whole. We have enough safe and effective vaccine to fully cover and boost everyone in the EU, we must ensure that they are used. And let’s not forget: protecting ourselves is protecting others, our children, parents and grandparents”.

Moreover, Adina Vconfalean, Commissioner for Transport, stated:

“Vaccines are powerful tools to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The European countries where the vaccination rates are high are proof of that. Serious infections and death from the virus have reduced considerably. Through common action, the EU has secured enough doses for all Europeans, including the necessary booster shoots. I encourage Romanians to get the vaccine, for their sake and for the sake of those dear to them. Especially now, ahead of the Christmas holidays, when we all come together with family and friends.”
European Commission and Vaccination Program

The European Commission secured 4.2 billion COVID-19 vaccinations for Europeans and other partner countries so far.

In addition, communication and engagement are key functions of this Commission, which works in close collaboration with the EU’s specialized agency, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the European Medicines Agency. This includes dealing with vaccine hesitancy as well as disinformation.

The European Medicines Agency has performed a rigorous evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and they have been approved for the EU’s markets. The European Union sets high standards for the safety of medicine and vaccine security. These standards are amongst the most stringent in all of Europe.

78% of EU adults have been immunized to date. There are, however, enormous differences in vaccination rates among the EU Member States. Romania is home to 46.7% of those who have been vaccinated.