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08/06/2021
Ukraine’s elderly reunited with loved ones after vaccine
https://www.unicef.org/eca/stories/ukraines-elderly-reunited-loved-ones-after-vaccine
Today is a big day for Olha Antoniuk. After more than a year of isolation and an 84th birthday spent without her loved ones, she is preparing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “I have two daughters, five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren,” says Olha, who lives at a nursing home for war and labour veterans in Korosten, northern Ukraine. “…, Reunited at last, Petro Kyrylenko, 83, lives in a nursing home in Ukraine’s Zyktomyr region, along with his 82-year-old wife Rimma. The COVID-19 vaccine will change their lives. “I’m sure the vaccine is a chance to return to normal life," says Rimma. Petro Kyrylenko, 83, lives in a nursing home in Ukraine’s Zyktomyr region Before the pandemic, Petro was often…, Brighter days ahead, The COVID-19 pandemic has also impacted people who live with disabilities. Anatolii Nesterenko is just 52, but lives in a nursing home after doctors were forced to amputate both his legs as a result of severe frostbite. Anatolii Nesterenko is just 52, but lives in a nursing home. Anatolii did not hesitate to get vaccinated. He believes it is a…, Vaccinated and protected, A mobile vaccination team travels around the Zhytomyr region to reach vulnerable groups like these. Three of the physicians received training as part of the COVAX initiative. “We were specifically taught to work with the RNA vaccine,” explains Svitlana Pastukh, a family doctor and one of the members of the mobile team. “This is good because…, Hope for the future, UNICEF works with communities across Ukraine to increase demand for vaccination among priority population groups, especially older adults. It also works with the government to ensure that people over 60 receive up-to-date information about vaccination against COVID-19, including the types of vaccine that are available and how to receive them.…