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Turkey starts vaccination at nursing homes

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Istanbul, Jan 20 (IANS) Turkey started vaccinating citizens residing or working in nursing homes against Covid-19 on Tuesday, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Wednesday.

Speaking at a meeting with the provincial health directors on Monday, Koca said the vaccinations would also cover people in disabled care centres and care homes, as well as citizens aged 90 and above, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The minister noted that the program aims to complete the inoculations of this group by the end of this week.

On Jan. 14, Turkey began the mass vaccination process with the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Chinese company Sinovac.

Since then, 8,51,745 of a total of 1.1 million healthcare workers, defined as the first group, have been vaccinated, according to the Health Ministry’s data.

The program will move on to people aged 65 and above and those working in specific sectors in the upcoming period.




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