Turkey continues COVID-19 vaccination during Eid al-Adha holiday

2021-07-21 21:36:10 GMT2021-07-22 05:36:10(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ISTANBUL, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Turkey is inoculating citizens against COVID-19 without intermission during the Eid al-Adha holiday, local media reported Wednesday.

According to the state-run Anadolu agency, mobile healthcare vaccination teams have been deployed to several locations across the country to provide services to holidaymakers.

It said 35 teams with more than 100 personnel have been vaccinating citizens at on-site clinics in the western province of Izmir. The inoculation spots include main squares, busy streets, ferry ports, and train and metro stations across Izmir.

Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also urged citizens to get vaccinated at the place where they spend the holiday.

Turkish authorities had extended the Eid al-Adha festival to nine days, which was officially scheduled between July 20 and 23.

So far, the number of people who received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine has exceeded 21 million, and those who took their first shots reached 40 million among the total population of 83 million, according to the Health Ministry's data.

The number of citizens who have received their third jab hit 4 million, it said.

Turkey allowed healthcare workers and people aged 50 and above to take their third jab amid increasing daily cases of coronavirus. Enditem