Reluctance to immunize has been particularly pronounced in Central and Eastern Europe, with some experts attributing it to decades of communist rule that eroded public confidence in state institutions and left health systems underdeveloped. .
“Poland is the country where the will to get vaccinated is relatively the lowest in Europe, and this is evident from the flu vaccinations,” said Niedzielski.
The country is grappling with a still high number of daily COVID-19 cases. While it has not reported an increase in cases caused by the Omicron variant of the virus, it imposed new restrictions in December to curb the spread of the infection.
On Monday, the health ministry estimated that the Omicron variant accounted for between 7% and 8% of new daily cases.
Poland reported around 11,406 new cases of COVID-19 and 493 deaths linked to the disease on Tuesday.
Poland reported 794 COVID-19-related deaths in one day at the end of December, while the highest daily toll during the pandemic stands at 954, in April last year.