However, these people will be first tested for coronavirus antibodies and only those whose results come back negative will get the shots, Jurgita Grebenkoviene said.

"We think we should do testing before vaccination, because (...) there aren't enough vaccines for everyone," the chancellor told the parliamentary Commission for the Rights of People with Disabilities. "The idea is to do antibody tests first and not to vaccinate those who have already had the infection."

"The plan is to vaccinate (residents of nursing and care homes) next week," she added.

Grebenkoviene also said that from now on coronavirus vaccines will be delivered to Lithuania every Monday for three months.

The first batch of the BioNTech/Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, which is currently the only one authorized for use in the European Union, was distributed among the country' five major hospitals during the Christmas weekend and was used to vaccinate frontline medical workers. It takes two shots to develop immunity.