Russia on Saturday began mass vaccination with its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in Moscow, where high-risk groups will get jabs over 70 stations. Doctors, teachers and other frontline workers have been streamlined to receive the jab from 5 December. According to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, residents can make an appointment online to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Sobyanin said 5,000 people have already signed up for the vaccination program.
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Procedure for vaccination
The vaccination will see people aged 18 to 60 line up at vaccination centers every day from 8 to 20 to get the shot. Children, people with underlying health conditions, pregnant and lactating women have been excluded from vaccination due to lack of data on the effects of COVID-19 vaccine in these groups. People taking time for the vaccine must ensure that there is a gap of at least 30 days between Sputnik V and other vaccines that they may have recently taken, such as the flu.
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Sputnik V will be administered in two doses with an interval of 21 days between each injection. People have been commissioned to carry a passport, a health insurance and an employer certificate to prove that they belong to one of the professions that the authorities prioritize. Registration for the first shot of the vaccine is sufficient because doctors themselves will follow up the patients for the second shot. Patients receive an SMS warning after signing up for the online vaccination program where they will receive their time information.
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The entire vaccination procedure takes up to an hour, including 15 minutes required to unlock the vaccine and 10 minutes for a doctor’s examination. Patients must wait at the clinic for about 30 minutes after receiving the shot, after which they will be examined again by the doctor. The list of people eligible to revive vaccine support will be expanded in the future when additional stocks of Sputnik V are available.
Read: Russia begins mass vaccination in Moscow with its COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V.