Turkey has completed the first stage of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, according to the health ministry.
During the first stage, along with health workers, people over 65, the elderly, people with disabilities, adults living in crowded places and people living in nursing homes received the vaccine.
On January 13, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca became the first person to receive China’s CoronaVac vaccine. Following the minister, members of the Scientific Advisory Board on the coronavirus committee were also vaccinated.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on January 14. Health workers also started receiving the first doses on the same day.
On January 19, people living in retirement homes and those responsible for their care, as well as people aged 90 and over, were vaccinated at home.
Later, following the scientific committee’s assessment, people over 85 years of age and older began to be vaccinated at home on January 21.
As of January 25, people over 80 were getting vaccinated by making an appointment in health facilities. People over 75 received the first doses on January 27.
The second dose of CoronaVac vaccine was given to healthcare professionals from February 11, 28 days after the first dose. Vaccination of people over 70 began on the same day.
People over 65, including their spouses over 60, started receiving the vaccine on February 12.
According to the vaccination schedule, people aged 50 to 64 will receive the COVID-19 vaccine during the second stage of the campaign.
In addition, essential workers and those with at least one chronic illness will be vaccinated. The second stage covers employees of the Ministries of National Defense, Interior and Justice as well as people in critical positions, prisons, police, private security personnel, teachers, faculty members. and people working in the transport and food sectors.
Vaccination of teachers will begin with priority given to those who will teach face-to-face.
At the third stage, people 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 stage, all individuals other than the first three groups will receive the vaccine.
Figures of the pandemic in Turkey, in the world
Turkey administered more than 7.66 million doses of the vaccine on Wednesday.
Since last December, Turkey has imposed curfews on weeknights and weekends to curb the spread of the virus.
Officials last week announced plans to launch a gradual normalization process from March.
The country has so far confirmed more than 2.65 million cases, more than 2.53 million recoveries and 28,213 deaths linked to COVID-19.
The pandemic has killed more than 2.48 million people in 192 countries and regions since December 2019.
More than 112.18 million cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries now exceeding 63.34 million, according to figures compiled by the Johns Hopkins University of the United States.
The United States, India and Brazil remain the most affected countries in terms of infections.
* Written by Gozde Bayar