News ID: 302549
Published: 0206 GMT April 27, 2021

All Iranians aged over 80 to be vaccinated by Monday

All Iranians aged over 80 to be vaccinated by Monday
Iranian Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raeisi (R) addresses a ceremony to begin vaccination of people over 80 years of age in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz on April 27, 2021. ‎

National Desk

All Iranians over 80 years of age will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, said a deputy health minister on Tuesday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony to begin the vaccination of this age group in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz, Alireza Raeisi added that as part of the second phase of public inoculation against the virus, 1,147,000 people above the age of 80 will receive the jab, IRNA reported.

He noted that in the first phase, over 90 percent of the country’s medical staff were vaccinated against the virus, saying a few people in this group have not yet received the vaccine due to their delay in going to centers where the jab is given, not a shortage of vaccines.

The official gave assurance that sufficient doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the age group have been distributed in Iranian provinces, stressing that if any shortage is reported, “we will immediately address it”.

He said the next group to receive the vaccine will be people aged between 75 and 80.

Raeisi put the number of individuals aged over 80 in the northwestern Iranian province of East Azarbaijan at 70,000, calling on people not go in person to medical centers to register for a vaccination, as the process is completely free of charge in the country.

He warned people against receiving the jab in places where they are charged for the process, saying if a COVID-19 vaccine is given somewhere in return for an amount of money, it is definitely not within the domestic health and treatment network, and the possibility exists that the jab would be fake.

The deputy minister said that in a few days, a comprehensive online system will be unveiled containing the latest information about public vaccinations in the country.

He added that the system will inform members of each target group of their vaccination date via an SMS.

Earlier, the Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told a daily press conference, Iran will vaccinate all people above 18 in the country against COVID-19 by the end of the fall.

She added that the process of vaccination against the disease in the country has been accelerated following the delivery of Iran’s share of the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) program.

Lari described as a global challenge the shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, expressing satisfaction with the increased pace of vaccination in Iran. 

She added that mass production of two homemade vaccines is expected to begin by June 22.

The spokeswoman also said that all vaccines to be made available in the country’s health and treatment network will be given to people free of charge and according to the Health Ministry’s priority list.

Iran is meeting its demand for COVID-19 vaccines both through imports and domestic production. Some COVID-19 vaccines are currently under development in the country, including one being jointly produced with Cuba.




Resource: IRNA
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