Egypt’s mobile coronavirus vaccination campaign expands in 15 governorates

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Sep 2021

Citizens receive the first dose on the day of registration

Ma’an Natmaen
Egypt's health ministry's teams get citizens registered to receive coronavirus vaccine as part of the ministry's mobile campaign "Ma’an Natmaen" September, 2021. Egyptian health ministry

The recently launched health ministry campaign to encourage Egyptians to receive the coronavirus vaccination has extended its activities to the governorates of Damietta, Assiut, and Port Said on Monday.


Held under the name Ma’an Natmaen ("Together, we are reassured"), the mobile campaign helps citizens register for the vaccine and be jabbed on the same day.


The health ministry has allocated nine buses with its well-trained community communication teams on board who register people's requests for inoculation via tablets provided by the ministry, it said on Facebook.


Eighteen youth centres have been allocated in the said governorates for vaccination.


Through its work in 12 governorates in the past five days, the campaign has registered 30,244 citizens on the ministry’s website, the statement added. 


The campaign has spread awareness among more than 33,000 citizens about the importance of receiving the vaccine to protect themselves, their families, and society against the coronavirus, the statement said.


The 12 governorates are Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Fayoum, Daqahliya, Qalioubiya, Kafr El-Sheikh, Beni Suef, Sharqiya, Gharbiya, Minya, and Ismailiya.


The campaign will kickstart in Menoufiya and Suez governorates on Tuesday, Beheira and Sohag on Wednesday, Qena on Thursday, Luxor on Friday and Aswan on Saturday, the ministry said.


The work of the campaign, witnessing a high turnout, has been extended from 10 days in each governorate to a month, the ministry added.


The campaign is also tasked with answering the citizens’ inquiries about the vaccine, the statement read.


Those who had previously registered on the ministry’s website but did not receive text messages of their vaccination appointments can head to the campaign to receive immediate messages with the date and place of the vaccination, the statement added.


Millions of Egyptians from different governorates have been vaccinated thus far.


To date, the country’s vaccination campaign has included the use of the imported and locally-produced Sinovac vaccine, along with Sputnik V, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Sinopharm vaccines.


So far, 14.9 million citizens have registered to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Moreover, 12 million people were sent messages with the date of vaccination, health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in TV remarks on Friday.


On 24 September, Egypt will receive its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, containing 612,000 jabs, as part of a total of 1.6 million doses, the spokesman said.


This week, Egypt is expected to receive 3.5-4 million AstraZeneca shots from France, Germany, Greece, and Poland, according to Megahed.


The health ministry announced last week that its factories have finished the production of five million Sinovac vaccine doses.


The ministry is also working on vaccinating teachers, teaching staff, workers, employees, and students at universities and institutes against the coronavirus before the beginning of the academic year on 9 October.

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