News ID: 318460
Published: 0317 GMT December 04, 2021

Raeisi urges continuation of vaccinating foreign nationals against COVID-19

Raeisi urges continuation of vaccinating foreign nationals against COVID-19
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi addresses a meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus in Tehran on December 4, 2021.

National Desk

Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi stressed the need to continue vaccination of foreign nationals in the country against COVID-19.

Making the remark in an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, the president added some European countries have recently begun considering the move; whereas Iran started inoculating all foreign nationals from the very beginning in view of the humanitarian aspects of the issue, reported.

Raeisi noted that observing the health protocols, taking preventive measures and tightening supervision are the sole ways to stay safe in the face of a potential new wave of COVID-19 infections in the country.

Lauding efforts by all those involved in the fight against the pandemic in the country, particularly the medical staff, he emphasized reducing the number of infections and maintaining the favorable status quo are in need of greater attention and seriousness in observing the health protocols and implementing protective measures.

Raeisi said Iran must not face a lack of COVID vaccines, noting that in view of the rise in domestic production and imports, the required measures should be taken lest any shortage is experienced in this regard.

He once again called for tightening control over land, sea and air borders and greater seriousness in quarantining suspicious cases, urging for smart and precise supervision over reopening schools, offices and businesses.

The president warned against vaccinating children under 12 years of age unless sufficient scientific research has been conducted.

Since the outbreak, Iran has grappled with five waves of COVID-19 infections, one greater and deadlier than another.

Until a few weeks ago, the country was grappling with a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections, mainly sparked by the Delta variant, seeing record high daily deaths and cases of over 700 and 40,000, respectively. Although the fifth wave has subsided thanks to the increased pace of the public vaccination process, authorities constantly warn against the start of a new wave given the spread of the new strain of the coronavirus, known as Omicron, calling for full compliance with the health protocols.

Iran’s public vaccination has gained greater momentum over the past few months on the back of an increase in imports and domestic production. The country has produced a number of COVID jabs domestically and received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN).




The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a Saturday statement that 19 provinces reported either zero or one daily COVID-19 fatality.

According to the ministry, the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and cases stood at 58 and 2,157, respectively.

The total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 130,124 and 6,131,356.

It said 3,278 patients are in critical condition, and 649 new ones have been hospitalized.

According to the statement, 5,916,199 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 39,201,601 diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country.

The total number of administered vaccine doses stand at 107,143,157, of which 57,993,547 have been given to people as the first dose, and 47,929,171 as the second dose.

In addition, 1,220,439 have received their third dose. Over 275,562 doses were administered during Friday to Saturday.

Two cities in the country are currently coded red (very high-risk) in terms of the coronavirus spread, while nine cities are in the orange zone (high-risk). The number of yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 153 and 284, respectively.


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