- The Russian government has begun its COVID-19 mass vaccination
- They have begun distributing the Sputnik V COVID-19 to 70 clinics in its capital, Moscow
- The priority groups include health and social workers and teachers
More and more countries are now moving towards mass COVID-19 vaccination.
Seen as the solution to finally put an end to the pandemic, more countries have been aggressively making steps to ensuring their residents get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Recently, Russia marked the beginning of its COVID-19 immunization program by distributing the Sputnik V COVID-19 shot via 70 clinics in its capital, Moscow.
The government is set to give the Russian-made vaccine to its priority groups which includes, doctors and other medical workers, teachers and social workers because they ran the highest risk of exposure to the disease.
Only those who are aged 60 and below are allowed to get the vaccine. People with certain underlying health conditions, pregnant women and those who have had a respiratory illness for the past two weeks are also prohibited from getting the vaccine.
“Over the first five hours, 5,000 people signed up for the jab – teachers, doctors, social workers, those who are today risking their health and lives the most,” Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his personal website.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a nationwide voluntary vaccination programme to begin soon. He assured that Russia can produce over 2 million vaccine doses within the next few days for the mass vaccination. Developers say the vaccine is 95% effective and causes no major side effects.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his support to the Russia-made COVID-19 vaccine. He, however, assured the Filipinos that his pronouncement of confidence in the safety and effectiveness of it will not influence the local experts’ review of the vaccine.