The launch of the national vaccination campaign was announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from an Ankara hospital, where he was vaccinated with the first dose of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine.
The Turkish President announced his vaccination on his Telegram account, writing “I was also vaccinated”.
“I believe that especially if all political leaders, MPs encourage the COVID-19 vaccination, it will be right”, he told reporters.
Erdogan added that members of the ruling party and the executive committee of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) were also vaccinated with him.
Expressing his condolences for the deaths due to COVID-19, Erdogan also wished Allah’s mercy for those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery for the patients being treated in hospitals.
He also said that so far more than 250,000 healthcare workers have been vaccinated against the virus across the country.
Supporting the efforts of health workers at the forefront, Erdogan hailed their fight against the disease.
Early Thursday, health workers in Turkey launched the first phase of the national COVID-19 vaccination effort.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Wednesday became the first person to receive the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine in the country. After the minister, the members of the scientific advisory committee for the coronavirus were also vaccinated.
According to the Ministry of Health, Turkey has 1.1 million health workers who will be vaccinated within a month.
The two doses of the vaccine will be given 28 days apart. Those who have recovered from COVID-19 will not be vaccinated for four to six months after their recovery.
Earlier Wednesday, Turkey’s official Drugs and Medical Devices Authority approved CoronaVac for emergency use against the new coronavirus.
The first batch of 3 million doses of COVID-19 CoronaVac vaccine ordered by China SinoVac Biotech arrived in Turkey on December 30./ibna