At least half of the working-age population should have received the first dose in June and the other half in July or August. The elderly and other risk groups, meanwhile, are set to receive the second dose no later than in July or August.
The pace of vaccinations, however, will depend on factors such as vaccine deliveries, possible restrictions regarding the use of different vaccines and public willingness to get vaccinated.
The strategy is also founded on the estimate of medical experts that a combined effect of the vaccinations and seasonal variation in the epidemic will start improving the epidemiological situation at the turn of April and May. It will nonetheless be impossible to remove all the restrictions in the summer, as a considerable share of the population would remain unvaccinated and the more transmissible variants of the virus would have become dominant across the country.
The government also acknowledged that the end of summer holidays would likely lead to an increase in infections in August. The increase, though, is not expected to be as dramatic as last year as the vaccination coverage.