Turkey targets to vaccinate 60% of population

Turkey targets to vaccinate 60% of population
# 11 February 2021 01:36 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey targets to vaccine 60% of its population, with the second doses of vaccines for people who got the first jab set to start on Thursday, the country’s health minister said on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Addressing a news conference in the capital Ankara following the meeting of the Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board, Fahrettin Koca said teachers, especially those who will join in-person education, will start receiving vaccine shots towards the end of February.

Turkey announced last week that village schools and kindergartens will resume in-person education on Feb. 15.

Starting on March 1, primary schools, including all grades, will resume in-person education twice a week.

Also, schools will open their doors for students of grades 8 and 12 on March 1 to help them prepare for high school and university entrance exams.

Koca said Turkey ensured at least 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and reached an agreement on over 100 million doses of vaccines in total. He added the country will receive 500,000-800,000 doses of BioNTech vaccine in February, with the total number reaching 4.5-5 million by end of March.

“Our citizens must know that we are trying to buy the vaccine from all firms that can provide it until March or April,” he explained.

The minister called on the senior statesmen and the Cabinet members to receive the vaccine shots as of Saturday.