Healthcare professionals will begin receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from February 11, as part of the country’s strategy to build public immunity to the virus.
It is expected that 3 million doses of the vaccine, the first batch initially brought to Turkey and having passed the testing period, will be administered within a few days.
The second batch of 6.5 million doses arrived in Turkey on January 25 and their analyzes are currently underway. Vaccinations will resume on the basis of the officially established priority list.
When the analyzes are completed, citizens over 65 will be vaccinated, followed by those in phase 2.
Employees of the priority sector, including those of the Ministry of National Defense and the Interior, people in critical positions, private security agents, those working in the Ministry of Justice, prisons, the civil service sector. education (teachers and faculty members), the food sector (bakeries, food factories, etc.) and transport, will be in the first group of phase 2.
Teachers who start teaching in person from March 1 will also have priority in the vaccination process, National Education Minister Ziya Selcuk said on February 6.
Citizens aged 50 to 64 will also receive the vaccine in phase 2.
People with chronic diseases are in phase 3, with people aged 40 to 49 to be vaccinated first, followed by age groups 30 to 39 and 18 to 29, while phase 4 will include those who did not receive the vaccine on time.
The CoronaVac vaccine, imported from China to Turkey on December 30, 2020, received emergency use authorization on January 13, after 14-day testing.
On the same day, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and members of the Turkish Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board received the first dose of the vaccine. The next day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was also vaccinated at Ankara City Hospital.
Healthcare workers, the priority group for the jab, also began receiving the first dose on January 14.
Residents of retirement homes, their caretakers, as well as citizens over 90 years of age have been vaccinated in their homes after health professionals.
People over 85 started receiving the vaccine at home on January 21.
On January 21, pharmacists, people working in pharmacy warehouses and pharmacy student interns were also included in the vaccination campaign.
People over 80 and 75 received the jab in healthcare organizations with dates on January 25 and 27, respectively.
A total of 2,620,051 citizens received the first dose of the vaccine on Monday at 9:30 am local time, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
* Written by Dilan Pamuk
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