Quarantine restrictions will be lifted for citizens vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who have already recovered from the coronavirus, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Speaking with journalists on Monday during a forum in Kyiv, Zelensky gave no further explanations on the details of or timeframe for such easing.
"We will, as a state – and we have almost developed this, in principle – be lifting any bans, especially for those who have undergone vaccination or recovered. And this is right because we can't always live in a tense format of restrictions," said the president.
He also said that "to ensure the public that the vaccine is safe, he would be ready to get his jab as early as possible, although he will do this at the second stage of the vaccination campaign - after the vulnerable groups and medics, along with the military, as their commander-in-chief."
Ukrainian President said the situation with COVID-19 spread has stabilized in Ukraine.
However, he added, the government is now faced a new problem; mistrust of vaccinations and the refusal of a significant part of the population to get the vaccine.
"This is a new issue, but I think it is very serious and we all need to address it. I am ready to show people by personal example, as most world leaders did, that vaccination is instant, it is safe, it is necessary," Zelensky said.
He recalled that Ukraine had agreed on the supply of vaccines from Pfizer, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, and Novavax.