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Egypt Underscores Measures for Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

Egypt Underscores Measures for Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

Tuesday, 18 May, 2021 - 06:00
Elderly people, wearing protective face masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, await vaccination at a health center in Qatameya, Cairo, Egypt, Mar. 22, 2021. (Reuters)

Egypt underlined on Monday the health procedures that must be followed to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The government, meanwhile, denied allowing citizens to receive the vaccine without having registered on the dedicated online platform and prior to receiving a text message with details of their appointment.

The cabinet stressed that the Health Ministry has provided vaccine doses sufficient for applicants registered on the ministry’s platform, and who already received a message with the time and location of their appointment.

The measure is aimed at ensuring the organization of the vaccination process and avoid overcrowding at centers to respect preventive measures.

The Ministry had recently confirmed that it has received 5 million vaccine shots. Four hundred inoculation centers have been set up throughout the country.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Hala Zayed said Monday that during the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, its community communication teams have reached over 250,000 people living in seven governorates to provide health awareness on the pandemic.

The teams are ensuring citizens and tourists learn the importance of adhering to preventive and precautionary measures against COVID-19. They also explained to citizens the importance of getting the vaccine shot.

Khaled Megahed, assistant minister of health and population for information and awareness, said that teams were deployed on Monday in Cairo, Alexandria and Fayoum, while on Sunday, they started in Ras El-Bar city in Mayat governorate, Baltim city in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate and also in the Giza and Port Said governorates.

On Monday, Egypt reported 1,188 new coronavirus cases, bringing the tally to 246,909 since the outbreak began in February.

The health ministry reported 61 new deaths, while 546 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total to 182,024.

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