Health workers in Turkey began receiving the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.
The vaccines were administered in different provinces including Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Erzurum, Kars, Tunceli, Sakarya, Afyonkarahisar, Eskisehir, Canakkale, Yalova, Kutahya, Bilecik and Trakya.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca became the first person to receive China’s CoronaVac vaccine on Wednesday. Following the minister, members of the Scientific Advisory Board on the coronavirus committee were also vaccinated.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, around 1.1 million health workers in Turkey will be vaccinated within a month.
Two doses of vaccine will be administered 28 days apart. Those who have recovered from COVID-19 will not be vaccinated for four to six months.
Earlier on Wednesday, the official Turkish medicines and medical equipment agency approved CoronaVac for emergency use against the novel coronavirus.
The first batch of 3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine ordered from the Chinese company CoronaVac Biotech arrived in Turkey on December 30.
4-step vaccination plan
In the first stage, together with health personnel, people over 65, the elderly, people with disabilities, adults living in crowded places and people living in nursing homes will receive vaccines.
In the second stage, essential workers and those with at least one chronic disease will be vaccinated.
In the third stage, citizens under 50 with at least one chronic disease, young adults, people working in sectors and professions that are not included in the first two stages will be vaccinated.
In the fourth and final step, all individuals other than the first three groups will be vaccinated.
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