In Photos: Egypt vaccinates 1 mln against coronavirus in one week in door-to-door campaign

Ahram Online , Monday 14 Mar 2022

Egypt's Ministry of Health and Population has vaccinated more than one million people against the coronavirus in the past week as part of its door-to-door campaign in remote rural areas.


The campaign, which started on 7 March, is meant to preserve the public's health and boost herd immunity, the health ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The ministry has deployed 1,400- member medical teams across seven governorates -- Menoufiya, Fayoum, Minya, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, and Aswan -- to inoculate the people who had registered on the ministry’s vaccination website, said Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, the health ministry spokesman.

The campaign is providing its services with the help of 3,500 wellness education teams that visit houses, bus stops, popular markets, schools, and industrial zones to ensure that all eligible citizens have received the inoculation, Abde-Ghaffar added.

The spokesman stated that the health ministry is planning to expand the door-knocking and awareness campaigns.

Egypt, which started its vaccination campaign in early 2021, has so far fully vaccinated more than 30.8 million people with the two primary doses, and more than 40.5 million people with the first dose.

Over 1.4 million citizens have received the booster shot, the ministry said on Friday.

The country plans to vaccinate 70 percent of its eligible population — 12-year-olds and above — by the second half of 2022.

Driven by a fifth wave of the pandemic, the country had witnessed a spike in reported coronavirus cases over the past two months, recording the highest single day infection on 5 February at 2,298 cases. However, infections have dropped sharply since mid-February.

The health ministry announced on Saturday it has started issuing weekly, instead of daily, reports on the number of coronavirus infections and deaths as the fifth wave subsides.

Egypt has thus far reported a total of 495,373 coronavirus cases, including 24,277 deaths and 424,831 recoveries since the pandemic hit Egypt in February 2020, according to the ministry's Friday update.

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