Egyptian health minister indicates number of vaccinated public employees



Thu, 26 Aug 2021 - 03:21 GMT


Thu, 26 Aug 2021 - 03:21 GMT

FILE – Sinovac doses produced in Egypt

FILE – Sinovac doses produced in Egypt

CAIRO – 26 August 2021: Minister of Health and Population indicated in a Cabinet meeting Thursday that the number of public employees who have been vaccinated is 1.3 million (17.3%) out of approximately 7.5 million.


The minister noted that the number of vaccination centers was raised last week from 580 to 678, and that in just 72 hours, the number of applications on travel vaccination hiked from 260,000 to 760,000.


The number of vaccination certificates issued for expat Egyptians and others who have to go on business trips have reached 362,000. Of those, 250,000 got Johnson & Johnson shots allocated for travelers, Zayed stated.


With regard to school teachers, the minister said that 472,000 registered for vaccination and that they would receive the second shot by the end of September prior to the beginning of the academic year 2021/2022.


Spokesperson of the Cabinet Nader Saad stated on August 16 in a phone-in that only five percent of the population (five million) got the first shot of anti-COVID-19 vaccine, and that the government targets vaccinating 40 percent (40 million) by the end of the year.


Saad elaborated that, in addition to prioritizing senior citizens and those suffering from chronic diseases, there is also a priority to vaccinate school teachers as well as university students and faculty.


The official added that at some point vaccination may become mandatory among all those who are part of the educational process at the tertiary education level.


The vaccines that have been available in Egypt are AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Sputnic V, and Johnson and Johnson.



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