0500 GMT October 28, 2021
Following the administration of over 54 million doses of vaccines, 62 percent of Iran’s population has been inoculated against COVID-19, said the health minister.
Dr. Bahram Einollahi made the remark speaking on the sidelines of a Friday visit to the southwestern Iranian province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, accompanying President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, IRNA reported.
He noted that by late July, only five million doses of COVID jabs had been administered in the country, saying the new figure has been reached in the light of the new administration’s efforts over the past two months.
Einollahi expressed satisfaction with the increased pace of the public vaccination in Iran, reiterating that this has been achieved thanks to the considerable efforts by the president and his cabinet.
The minister noted that some COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted for the fully vaccinated people, saying sufficient doses, standing at over 80 million, of the jab have been imported.
He warned against any laxity in complying with the health protocols, noting that vaccination alone fails to be capable of curbing the coronavirus spread.
Einollahi said the ministry has called on the country’s universities of medical sciences to prepare the ground for the vaccination of homebound people.
Iran’s public vaccination process has gained greater momentum over the past weeks in view of the rise in imports and domestic production of vaccines, setting new daily records.
The country has received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN), and has also developed a number of COVID jabs domestically.
Einollahi said on Tuesday that 70 percent of the country’s population will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in two weeks’ time.
In addition, Dr. Alireza Zali, the commander of the anti-coronavirus task force in Tehran, said on Friday that close to 70 percent of the Iranian capital’s population (14.2 million) have been vaccinated.
He added that by Thursday, over 10.8 million people in the province had received their first doses of the jab and 2.9 million were given a second dose.
Zali also announced that a new online system is planned to be launched for vaccinating people incapable of going to public inoculation centers in Tehran.
Iran’s Health Ministry announced in a statement on Friday that 55,827,275 COVID-19 vaccine doses have so far been administered in the country.
It added that 39,418,779 people have received their first dose of the vaccine, putting at 16,408,496 the number of those given a second dose.
The Friday statement by the ministry said the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 235 and 14,525, respectively, in the past 24 hours.
It said the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 120,663 and 5,601,565, respectively.
According to the ministry, 5,841 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 2,123 individuals have been hospitalized.
It added that 5,053,551 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
The statement added 32,306,789 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country.
The Health Ministry said 16 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 198 are in the orange zone (high-risk).
The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 176 and 58, respectively, according to the ministry.
Iran has been grappling with a fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic since a few weeks ago, mainly sparked by the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant, known as Delta, seeing a resurgence in deaths and infections. The number of casualties, however, has been declining since a few days ago, indicating that the country is past the peak of the fifth wave’s infections and deaths.