A professional medical staff member donning a costume seems to be at a kid who receives a shot of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a mass vaccination middle in Prague, Czech Republic, January 8, 2022. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Superman, Cinderella and Minions were being among people from movies, comics and fairy tales who greeted small children at a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Prague on Saturday to relieve their nerves as they came to be inoculated.

Even with a lull in coronavirus infections in the previous month, the Czech Republic is attempting to boost vaccination charges due to the fact it is bracing for the Omicron coronavirus variant. Vaccinations lag other European Union countries.

With small children aged 5-11 now qualified for the vaccine, staff dressed in costume at one particular of the major vaccination centres in the Czech capital aided small children who came to be vaccinated.

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“We considered it would be improved to have a day just for the children,” reported Nikola Melicharova, a vaccination centre worker dressed for the day as Snow White. “And due to the fact children are commonly a bit frightened of vaccinations, we decided for a fairy tale day so that it was a minimal extra pleasant.”

Some sixty two.4% of the inhabitants in the nation of million has been absolutely inoculated, in comparison to a fee of sixty eight.6% in the complete of the EU, in accordance to the European Centre for Condition Avoidance and Regulate.

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The Czech Republic started giving pictures to small children aged 5-11 in mid-December. Wellbeing Ministry figures clearly show just more than 27,000 pictures experienced been administered to this age team by Friday.

Some small children cried, but less so although talking to their favorite people.

“I think it is right (for vaccinations). It is the only way out of the pandemic,” reported Jaroslav Kottner, who brought his nine-12 months-previous son to be vaccinated.