Elderly people, wearing protective face masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, wait to receive a shot of a COVID-19 vaccine at a health centre, in Qatameya, Cairo, Egypt March 22, 2021. REUTERS
Egypt’s Health Ministry also reported that 39 new deaths related to coronavirus complications were officially recorded in the past 24 hours nationwide, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 17,765.
The statement added that 419 patients have been discharged after recovering from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 264,764.
Egypt has so far obtained 60 million doses of different vaccines as the country targets vaccinating 40 million people by December.
Since the start of its vaccination campaign in January, Egypt has inoculated citizens with over 20.1 million vaccine doses until 8 October, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Earlier this week, 24 million students at schools and 3 million others in universities started the new academic year with the state determined to maintain in-person classes amid tightened coronavirus measures.
The country has made vaccination for all those in the education sector who are above 18 years of age, including teachers, other staff, and university students mandatory.
Until earlier this month, up to 70-80 percent of school staffers nationwide have already received the vaccine, Health Minister Hala Zayed said in a press conference early last week.
The rate of vaccination among university staffers stands at 90 percent, while around 35 percent of university students have received jabs, Zayed added.