FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and syringe are seen in front of displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021. REUTERS
The government of Egypt has distributed the recently arrived Johnson & Johnson shots to the vaccination centres designated for those travelling to destinations that require full coronavirus immunisation and wish to avoid days of quarantining abroad.
In a meeting with senior ministry officials on Thursday, Health Minister Hala Zayed said shots of the Sinopharm, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at all vaccination centres nationwide.
The country received on Sunday a shipment of 261,600 shots of the single-dose vaccine — currently reserved for travellers — which was then tested by the Egyptian Drug Authority.
Up to 126 centres across Egypt are dedicated to giving jabs to travellers and providing vaccination certificates with QR codes — a requirement for arrivals to most countries nowadays.
Minister Zayed, during the meeting, urged citizens to register on the vaccination website to be inoculated with the shots as soon as possible, as the country is receiving further shipments of the vaccines soon, a health ministry statement said.
She directed the ministry's officials to set up makeshift vaccination centres at industrial zones, government workplaces, banks, schools, and universities across the country to help workers register their data and receive the vaccine.