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Only 3% of people in Kurdistan had both Covid jabs: ministry

  2021-07-05  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A woman holds a small bottle labelled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Only 3% of the people in the Kurdistan Region have now had both coronavirus vaccines as daily cases rise, said the deputy minister of health Rahel Faraidoon.

The number of the single-jabbed people in the Kurdistan Region has reached around 5% of the population, Faraidoon told The Voice of America.

According to Faraidoon, the Kurdistan Region saw an increase in the number of jabbed people after the French Consulate General said fully vaccinated people are allowed to apply for Schengen visa.

The vaccination programme will continue and due share of the Kurdistan Region from Iraq’s purchases or donated vaccines will be delivered to Sulaimani, Halabja, Erbil and Duhok, he added.

“People are jabbed with coronavirus vaccines at eight centers in the Kurdistan Region; two centers in Duhok, three in Erbil and three others in Sulaimani.”

Sinopharm and AstraZeneca, however, have been administered from other medical centers as the vaccines can be kept in standard refrigerator temperatures, said deputy minister of health Rahel Faraidoon.

Minister of Health Saman Barznji said in June that Over 200,000 people in the Kurdistan Region have received at least their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

First doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Chinese state-run Sinopharm were administered in early March to healthcare workers at a hospital in the Kurdistan Region’s capital city of Erbil.

People in the Kurdistan Region can apply for appointments to receive jabs of Covid-19 vaccination via a website launched by the health ministry.

(Zhyan English)