On Tuesday, the Lithuanian parliament is holding live sittings and Speaker Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen says that it would only move to work remotely in case of a drastic deterioration of the situation.
“We are working face-to-face today and also plan to hold a live sitting on Thursday due to a secret ballot included in the agenda. As regards the next week, the Board of the Seimas will make the decision tomorrow but we are likely to gather in the chamber unless the situation deteriorates drastically. However, I hope this won’t happen. Moreover, many MPs will receive at least the first jab by then,” she told the reporters on Tuesday.
According to the data available to her, 32 MPs registered for a vaccine shot on Monday and vaccination of policymakers would continue by the end of the week.
Moreover, some MPs have already received a vaccine shot as part of priority risk groups and some others have had coronavirus and recovered.
Members of the Lithuanian Cabinet and the Seimas are being vaccinated with AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine in Vilnius on Tuesday. All of them will receive a jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has stirred some controversy in the public.
On Monday, a shot of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine was administered to President Gitanas Nauseda, Seimas Speaker Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen, Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte and Health Minister Arunas Dulkys.
Last week, the health minister issued an order including the president, members of the parliament and the Cabinet into the vaccination priority line.
The country’s top officials have opted for AstraZeneca’s jab in a bid to demonstrate trust in the vaccine.
Lithuania and a number of other European countries last week suspended AstraZeneca vaccinations amid fears that it might be causing blood clots.
However, the European Medicines Agency concluded last Thursday that the AstraZeneca vaccine was safe and effective.