Mass vaccination of the population of Russia from COVID-19 begins on Monday, January 18.
Earlier on Wednesday, January 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with the government, said that starting next week, it is necessary to move on to mass vaccination of the entire population of the country from coronavirus and prepare the appropriate infrastructure.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova at a meeting with epidemiologists on January 15 confirmed that mass vaccination will start in the country on Monday. She recalled that two vaccines are officially registered in Russia.
Large-scale vaccination started in Russia in December. Then the opportunity to get vaccinated was given to certain categories of citizens. According to the national vaccination calendar, priority in vaccination against coronavirus was given to doctors, teachers and social workers, as well as citizens living in social service organizations and those who have chronic diseases (bronchopulmonary and cardiovascular systems, diabetes mellitus, obesity).
In August, the Ministry of Health of Russia registered the world’s first vaccine against coronavirus, developed by the Gamaleya Research Center for Electrochemistry. She was named “Sputnik V”. The vaccine is based on a well-studied and validated human adenoviral vector platform, the important benefits of which are safety, efficacy and no long-term adverse effects. The final efficacy of the drug was 91.4%. For severe cases of coronavirus, the effectiveness was 100%.
Later, the development of the “Vector” center of Rospotrebnadzor – “EpiVacCorona” was registered. The vaccine is characterized by areactogenicity and the highest safety.
Vaccination against coronavirus in Russia is free and on a voluntary basis.