The Egyptian Health Ministry on Wednesday announced launching mobile clinics to provide coronavirus vaccine shots to the elderly and pensioners.
The mobile clinics will be stationed in front of post offices and pension and insurance offices in all governorates to make it easier for the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases to get the jabs, the Ministry said.
As for home vaccinations, they will be carried out by well-trained teams.
The clinics are equipped with two data entry points to electronically register pensioners, and devices to check blood pressure and blood sugar before administering the vaccine.
The ministry has further allocated more than 400 vaccination centers nationwide and urged citizens to register to get the jabs.
Egypt’s local production of the first batch of the Chinese Sinovac coronavirus vaccine will start by the end of June, according to Health Minister Hala Zayed.
Ministry spokesman Khaled Mujahid said once the production of the first batch is completed, it will be sent to the Egyptian Drug Authority for analysis.
Mujahid said Chinese experts are in Egypt to supervise the manufacturing process and transfer expertise to both the Egyptian Holding Co. for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) and the Egyptian Drug Authority.
He added that Egypt is one of the first countries in the world to manufacture the Sinovac vaccine following an agreement reached in April.
He stressed clinical trials had been conducted on the jab and that competitive prices were fixed in the agreement.