0752 GMT October 17, 2021
Speaking at a Saturday session of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus, Raeisi hailed the satisfactory results of public vaccination that has led to a reduction in the new coronavirus cases and the death toll across the country, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Such success in containing the fifth wave of the pandemic does not mean that the health protocols could be ignored, he added, warning that a failure to take the disease seriously will result in a new wave of the pandemic.
Calling on the mass media, particularly the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, to encourage people to get vaccines, the president said all regulations set by the country’s coronavirus task force must be observed strictly.
He also unveiled plans for the gradual reopening of schools as the public vaccination program is advancing, noting that the government employees should be present in the workplace in the full and ordinary manner.
The public vaccination program against the coronavirus has gained momentum in Iran in recent weeks with a hike in the imports of vaccine, opening of new round-the-clock vaccination centers, and inoculation of people above the age of 12.
The Health Ministry said on Saturday that more than 18.6 million people have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
New figures released by the Health Ministry indicate that more than 62.9 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in the country as of Saturday.
After more than 11 weeks, the daily death toll from the coronavirus in Iran has declined to below 200.
The ministry put the death toll from COVID-19 in Iran at 122,370, saying the disease took the lives of 173 patients in 24 hours.
While more than 33 million coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far, the total number of people tested positive exceeded 5,691,600 following the detection of 7,654 new cases from Friday to Saturday.