Egypt opens immediate vaccination centres at Cairo Metro stations

Ahram Online , Sunday 14 Nov 2021

Egypt started operating new vaccination centres at Cairo Metro stations for the first time on Saturday, the country's Ministry of Health announced Sunday, to ease pressure on hospitals and medical centres.

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A vaccination centre installed at Cairo's main central metro station, Sadat, to allow commuters receive immediate vaccination (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Ministry of Health)

The move is part of the "Together We Are Assured" campaign, an initiative launched by the Egyptian Ministry of Health in mid-September to expand the country's vaccination drive to cover more people, particularly those who find the online registration difficult.

Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, higher education minister and acting health minister, said two centres were opened at Cairo Metro's Sadat interchange station, with up to 500 citizens having received their first shots in the early hours of Saturday.

In cooperation with the transport ministry, Abdel-Ghaffar added, up to 97 registration spots were allocated across metro stations to direct commuters to immediately receive the vaccine at one of the nearby centres inside the metro.

He added that work is underway to install an additional four vaccination centres at other interchange stations, including two centres each at Al-Shohadaa, and Attaba stations in downtown Cairo.

In addition, eight other centres will be opened at high-traffic stations, including Shubra El-Kheima, Kolleyyet El-Zeraa, Rod El-Farag, Gamal Abdel-Nasser, Saad Zagloul, Al-Sayeda Zeinab, New El-Marg, and Helwan.

The health ministry also plans to install additional vaccination centres along Cairo Metro's three lines, main train stations, and a number of chain stores said Abdel-Ghaffar.

Egypt, with 1,079 fixed vaccination centres nationwide, has administered some 38 million coronavirus vaccine doses to nearly 25 million people since the start of its vaccination campaign earlier this year.

The country, which is currently going through the peak of the fourth wave, has set a goal of vaccinating 40 million people by the end of 2021.

As of Monday, unvaccinated employees will not be allowed to enter workplaces without a negative PCR test every week. Also, unvaccinated citizens will not be allowed to enter any government building starting 1 December.

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