Tunisia to start administering 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose to elderly

2021-09-28 22:06:03 GMT2021-09-29 06:06:03(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

TUNIS, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Tunisian scientific committee for the fight against the coronavirus approved on Tuesday the start of administering a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to those aged 75 and over.

This vaccination drive will start in the coming period, Jalila Ben Khelil, the committee's spokesperson, was quoted as saying by the Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP).

"This campaign will target, after that, the category over 50," said Khelil.

A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine will also be administered to those with chronic diseases that affect their immune systems, as well as to the health professionals whose first injections were given in March 2021, Khelil added.

Tunisian Ministry of Health reported 179 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, raising the tally of infections in the North African country to 705,474.

The death toll from the virus rose by six to 24,794 in Tunisia, the ministry said.

Since the start of the national vaccination campaign on March 13, a total of 3,768,319 Tunisians have completed their COVID-19 vaccination. Enditem