Home vaccination available in Egypt for people with diseases that impede movement

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 May 2021

Those who do not suffer from diseases that impede their movement but are still unable to move as a result of old age will be provided with ambulances to take them to the nearest vaccination centres

AstraZeneca is one of two coronavirus vaccines Egypt is currently using in its campaign alongside Si
AstraZeneca is one of two coronavirus vaccines Egypt is currently using in its campaign alongside Sinopharm (Reuters)

Egypt has started providing coronavirus vaccinations at home for people with diseases that impede their movement, Health Minister Hala Zayed said on Wednesday.

Requests for the service can be submitted through a hotline (15335) only after patients register online for the vaccine and receive a text message with the inoculation date, health ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed said.

Egypt started its vaccination campaign in January by inoculating medical staff at isolation hospitals as well as senior citizens with chronic diseases, before making the vaccination available to the general public in March.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as of 23 May a total of 1,962,216 vaccine doses had been administered in Egypt in a campaign that uses the Chinese Sinopharm and British-Indian AstraZeneca vaccines.

Those who do not suffer from diseases that impede their movement but are still unable to move as a result of old age or other reasons will be provided with ambulances to take them to the nearest vaccination centres. This service is available through a hotline (123) where an ambulance can be requested after the completion of online registration.

The health ministry has recently turned Cairo’s International Exhibition Centre in Nasr City into a mega vaccination centre that can accommodate 10,000 people daily. The centre is currently operational along with 399 other vaccination units nationwide.

Egypt – which has received more than 4 million vaccine doses – aims to become a hub for manufacturing vaccines for other countries in Africa after it meets its local needs. Earlier this week, Egyptian vaccine maker VACSERA started working on producing the first batch of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine.

On Friday, the country received the first shipment of the raw material used to manufacture the Sinovac vaccine, which is enough to manufacture 2 million doses by the end of June as part of the planned production of 40 million doses in 2021.

Egypt, which is currently witnessing its third wave of pandemic, has extended its anti-coronavirus measures until the end of May. The measures include the closure at 9pm of shops, malls, coffee shops, restaurants, and movie theatres.

So far, Egypt has recorded 256,124 coronavirus cases, including 14,807 fatalities and 187,691 recoveries.

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