News ID: 317965
Published: 0319 GMT November 16, 2021

Minister: Smart plan urges unvaccinated to get jab or regularly offer PCR

Minister: Smart plan urges unvaccinated to get jab or regularly offer PCR
Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi addresses reporters following a meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus in Tehran on November 16, 2021.

National Desk

Those who have not received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will face problems following the implementation of a smart coronavirus management plan in Iran, as they will be required to present negative PCR test results to receive certain services, said the interior minister.

In an address to reporters following a Tuesday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, Ahmad Vahidi, who is also the task force’s commander, added that certain bids are being made to slow or impede the national vaccination plan, IRNA reported.

He said at the Tuesday meeting, it was decided to further highlight the importance of vaccination against the disease.

The minister noted that since undergoing PCR tests is expensive, making them mandatory for the unvaccinated can encourage people to get inoculated against the disease.

Since a few months ago, Iran’s public vaccination process against COVID-19 has gained greater momentum on the back of the rise in imports and the domestic production of jabs.

Iran has produced a number of COVID vaccines domestically and received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN).

According to a statement by the Iranian Health Ministry on Tuesday, 99,628,185 doses of COVID jabs have so far been administered in the country, of which 55,998,288 have been given to people as the first dose, and 43,024,902 as the second dose.

The ministry added that 585,576 doses of vaccines were administered from Monday to Tuesday.




The Health Ministry’s Tuesday statement added that daily COVID-19 deaths and cases stood at 134 and 6,430.

According to the ministry, total COVID-19 fatalities and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 128,406 and 6,051,642, respectively.

It added that 3,477 patients are in critical condition, and 1,053 new ones have been hospitalized.

The ministry said 5,720,893 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals.

According to the statement, 37,254,424 diagnostic tests have so far been carried out.

The ministry said 26 cities are coded red (very high-risk), while 87 are in the orange zone (high-risk).

The number of yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 222 and 113, it added.

Until a few weeks ago, Iran was grappling with a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections, seeing record high daily deaths and cases of over 700 and 40,000, respectively. Although the fifth wave has subsided, authorities constantly warn against the start of a new wave, calling for full compliance with the health protocols.

On Saturday, the interior minister said concerns about the start of the sixth wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Iran have not been fully allayed yet.

The Health Ministry announced on Friday that the country has not yet entered a nationwide sixth wave of COVID-19 infections, saying hospitalization figures reflect a declining or steady trend in most Iranian provinces.




Resource: IRNA
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