News ID: 319585
Published: 0334 GMT January 22, 2022

Raeisi: Uncertain people must be convinced about importance of COVID vaccinations

Raeisi: Uncertain people must be convinced about importance of COVID vaccinations
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Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi addresses a meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus in Tehran on Jan. 22, 2022.

National Desk

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi called on domestic media and scientific figures to highlight the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 for those who still harbor doubts about the benefits of the preventive measure.

In an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, the president added that public opinion must be enlightened about the effectiveness of receiving a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in protecting people’s lives, IRNA reported.

Praising efforts by the domestic medical staff since the outbreak of the pandemic in Iran in late February 2020, Raeisi said, “Today, thanks to attempts and the indefatigable and sincere sacrifices by all responsible organizations, as well as the people’s cooperation, the country has a relatively better situation in terms of the spread of the virus compared to other states. To fully control the disease, the health protocols must be carefully observed.”

He also urged different domestic organizations’ officials to strictly control compliance with the health protocols and passenger entries at the borders.

In addition, the president described social distancing as well as full compliance with the protocols in the urban transportation fleet as two important necessities.

 

Casualties

 

According to a Friday statement by the Iranian Health Ministry, the country’s daily COVID-19 cases and fatalities stood at 3,503 and 30, respectively.

The total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country stand at 132,202 and 6,245,346.

The ministry said 1,216 people are in critical condition, and 426 new patients have been hospitalized.

According to the statement, 6,078,024 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 43,953,611 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.

By Friday, 60,465,452 Iranians have received their first dose of the COVID-19 ‎vaccine, including 53,517,573 who have taken two jabs, and 14,269,799 who have ‎received three shots, bringing the total number of the administered doses to 128,252,824.

Iran on December 19 said the first definite case of infection with the Omicron was ‎detected in the country.

On Friday, Iran’s Health Minister Bahram Einollahi said over 2,000 cases of infection with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected in the country, adding the new variant is highly transmissible, ISNA reported.

The minister warned that the number of infections with the new variant in Iran is higher than the official figure, as COVID patients are tested for the new strain randomly, noting that the number of cases referred to hospitals across the country has grown fourfold over the past two weeks.

 

 

 

   
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Resource: IRNA
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