10.03.2021|Ministry of Social Affairs
The state immunoprophylaxis expert committe that gathered today, on March 10, recommends using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on all adults, without the previous recommended age limitations. Additionally, the expert committee recommended extending the interval between the first and the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine from 8 weeks to 12 weeks, and the interval between the doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to six weeks, in order to increase the total number of people receiving their first vaccine dose within the coming months.
Government to allocate 259,474 euros as financial support to social welfare institutions for coverage of additional labour costs incurred due to COVID-19
The government has decided to allocate 259,474 euros from its reserve as financial support to social welfare institutions. The support measure will be used to compensate Iru Nursing Home, SA Ida-Viru Keskhaigla, SA Tartu Vaimse Tervise Hooldekeskus, Piigaste Südamekodu OÜ, AS Lõuna-Eesti Hooldekeskus, Maarjamaa Kodud OÜ, OÜ Kuusiku Hooldekodu, AS Viru Haigla, Imastu Hooldekodu OÜ, SA Hooldekodu Härmalõng, and SA Peipsiveere Hooldusravikeskus for additional labour costs incurred due to SARS-CoV-2 cases identified at the aforementioned social welfare institutions.
09.03.2021|Ministry of Social Affairs
Estonia to request more than 660,000 additional doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine under EU joint procurement scheme
At a meeting held today, the members of the Cabinet of Ministers supported the proposal of Minister of Health and Labour Tanel Kiik to request an additional 660,552 doses of vaccine from contracts signed with the vaccine manufacturer Pfizer/BioNTech. With the gradual arrival of additional doses in Estonia, it will be possible to increase the pace of vaccination starting from the second quarter compared to what was previously planned.
07.03.2021|Ministry of Social Affairs
Rate of COVID-19 vaccination is increasing: in Estonia, more than 100,000 people have received at least one dose of vaccine
As of this morning, 101,452 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia with at least one dose of a vaccine, while 43,942 people have been given both doses. A total of 145,394 vaccinations have been carried out. 32,661 vaccinations have been performed this week so far, which is more than a third above last week’s closing figure (+8,566).
05.03.2021|Ministry of Social Affairs
Research: People's sense of danger increased drastically at the end of February, and with it the desire to get vaccinated
At the end of February, the number of people wanting to take more serious measures against COVID rose drastically and awareness of the critical nature of the situation increased. At the same time, the share of people vaccinated against COVID-19 and people wanting to be vaccinated increased, according to a survey based on Estonian residents conducted by the market research firm Turu-uuringute AS on behalf of the Government Office at the end of February.
The payment of a Government-approved follow-on wage subsidy will help businesses most affected by the restrictions to maintain jobs
The Government, on the proposal of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, approved the payment of a follow-on wage subsidy related to the restrictions set for preventing the spread of COVID-19. The subsidy is paid to partially reimburse the labour costs if the employee's working hours or wages have been reduced. The purpose of the subsidy is to help businesses overcome temporary difficulties and maintain employment relationships and to prevent a rapid rise in unemployment.
10.12.2020|Ministry of Social Affairs
At today's meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik introduced the pre-purchase agreement of COVID-19 vaccine between the European Commission and the pharmaceutical company Moderna. It is one of seven pre-purchase agreements for the European Union's vaccine portfolio that the government decided to join last week. State authorities and the health care system are preparing to start vaccination as soon as the vaccines arrive in Estonia. The first vaccines may receive an EU marketing authorization by the end of the year, and the first deliveries arrive in Estonia in January.
25.09.2020|Ministry of Social Affairs
On 29 September, the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste is celebrated. On that day, the generation of food waste will be discussed by the Estonian Food Bank, Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonian Ministry of the Environment, and many international experts. They will also be talking about solutions on how to redistribute the surplus quality food most effectively.
20.08.2020|Ministry of Social Affairs
Starting today, August 20, the mobile app HOIA is available for download to your phone via www.hoia.me, helping to curb the spread of the coronavirus with the help of app users. The application notifies the user if he has been in close contact with an infected person. The phones of the users of the application exchange anonymous codes, and the state, the manufacturer of the application, or the manufacturer of the phone will not know who was in close contact with whom.
People who have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 health crisis get an opportunity to develop their skills at online courses from international institutions
The online education platform Coursera offers the opportunity to join their program to unemployed people and to those who have been displaced, negatively affected or at risk of losing their job due to the impact of COVID-19. Up to 50 000 learners can be registered by Estonia to study for free until the end of the year. More information and the registration form is available here.