SULAIMANI – As the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines accelerates, the first vaccination campaigns in Sulaimani using China’s Sinopharm doses began on Sunday (March 7).
Director of Health in Sulaimani Sabah Hawrami became the first to receive the vaccine of the two-dose regimen.
Hawrami said he set the example that this vaccine is safe by being the first to have it.
“I don’t want to test the safety of the vaccine on my health employees,” he added.
First doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Chinese state-run Sinopharm were administered to healthcare workers at a hospital in the Kurdistan Region’s capital city of Erbil.
In a ceremony attended by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Health Saman Barznji and Erbil Governor Omed Khoshnaw, a healthcare worker was inoculated to immunize against the coronavirus as the first person to receive the vaccine.
33-year-old Healthcare worker Goran Osman received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Rizgari Hospital in Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil. Osman is expected to receive the second dose on March 25.
The vaccine rollouts are usually commenced with heads and officials of countries being vaccinated on the air in order for people to trust in the vaccine and inculcate themselves.
UK-based virologist Aref Goran, who usually writes on coronavirus and advises people, called on Barznji to receive the first dose, but his proposal was not followed suit.