Mass vaccination against coronavirus in Uzbekistan will begin on April 1, 2021. It is planned to vaccinate the population first in large cities and then in districts.
At the AIMC briefing on March 29, Nurmat Otabekov, a member of the Anti-Coronavirus Staff, clarified in which regions the vaccination process will begin first.
According to Nurmat Otabekov, the vaccination campaign, which will start on April 1, 2021, will initially include the vaccination of adults as well as the medical staff. However, this does not mean that all medical staff will be vaccinated, only those who are at high risk of contracting the disease through contact with coronavirus patients will receive a vaccination.
“Employees of specialized hospitals treating coronavirus patients, ambulance staff, emergency care staff, infectious disease hospital staff, employees of coronavirus diagnostic laboratories, primary care and outpatient services are included in the category of those who will be vaccinated. They have a very high risk of infection,” he said.
According to the official, Uzbekistan will use, for now, AstraZeneca and ZF-UZ-VAC 2001 vaccines. Vaccination of the population will begin in April in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regional centers, Tashkent and other major cities. Residents of districts and small towns will be vaccinated in May. Vaccination of the rest of the population will be carried out in June.
“Most states are waiting in line to buy vaccines. However, due to the insufficient capacity of the enterprises producing these vaccines, there are difficulties in the delivery of ready-made vaccines. It should be noted that Uzbekistan ranks first among Central Asian countries in terms of the number of vaccines imported so far,” he said.
It is reported that each vaccinated person will be issued a special certificate after receiving the full course of vaccination (two courses) and the date, address and place of issue of this certificate will be stored in an electronic database.