News ID: 320319
Published: 0320 GMT February 26, 2022

Raeisi calls on people to receive third COVID dose

Raeisi calls on people to receive third COVID dose
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi addresses a meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the ‎Coronavirus in Tehran on Feb. 26, 2022. ‎

National Desk

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi called on the members of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus to further persuade people to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In an address to a Saturday meeting of the anti-COVID task force, Raeisi urged people to continue compliance with the health protocols, reported.

Expressing satisfaction with reports indicating a declining trend in the number of the country’s COVID infections and deaths, the president stressed that lower casualties must in no way lead to laxity in observing the health protocols.

He also urged the people to refrain from taking part in public gatherings, noting that the means of public transportation are among the most dangerous places in terms of the coronavirus spread.

Raeisi added that the relevant officials must supervise strict compliance with the health protocols in the transportation sector, particularly by airlines.

He noted that the airlines must refrain from boarding passengers above 60 percent of their capacity.


Anti-Omicron jab


During the meeting, it was announced that Iranian experts at Barakat Foundation have managed to develop a new COVID-19 vaccine highly effective against the Omicron variant.

The first COVID jab produced by the foundation, dubbed COVIran Barekat, has been granted emergency use authorization and is among the most effective jabs against the disease.

Iran has also developed a number of other COVID vaccines.




The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Saturday that the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections stood at 224 and 7,039.

The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 136,390 and 7,030,943, respectively.

The ministry said 3,966 ‎people are in critical condition, and 1,621 new patients have been hospitalized.

According to the statement, 6,616,633 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 47,087,743 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.

By Saturday, 62,692,766 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 ‎vaccine, including 55,390,361, who had taken two jabs, and 22,922,873 who had received the third, booster shot, bringing the total number of administered doses to 141,006,000.

On December 19, Iran reported its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The spread of the new strain has sparked the sixth wave of infections in the country, as it has currently become the prevailing variant.

Following the end of the fifth wave of infections, which had been triggered mainly due to the spread of the Delta variant, and had caused Iran to see daily fatalities and cases of above 700 and 40,000, a relative calm was restored to the country, with deaths and infections dropping on some days to below 20 and 10,000, respectively, mainly due to the greater momentum of public vaccination under the Raeisi administration.

Following reports of the spread of the Omicron variant in different countries in November 2021, the relevant authorities in Iran began issuing warnings about the necessity of full compliance with the health protocols and receiving the third dose of the COVID jab.



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