Russia on Saturday began mass vaccination of its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in Moscow city, where high-risk groups will receive jabs over 70 stations. Doctors, teachers and other frontline workers have been streamlined to get the job starting from December 5th. According to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobianin, residents can make appointments online to get the coronavirus vaccine Sobianian said 5,000 people have already signed up for the vaccination program.
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Procedure to get vaccinated
The vaccination pass will see people between 18-60 years old set up in vaccination centers every day from 8:00 to 20:00 in order to get the shot. Children, men with underlying health conditions, pregnant and breastfeeding women have been left out of the vaccination because of lack of data on the effect of COVID-19 vaccines in these groups. People taking appointments for the vaccine must make sure that there is a gap of at least 30 days between Sputnik V and any other vaccines they may have taken recently such as flu jab.
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Sputnik V will be administered in two doses with a gap of 21 days between each injection. People have been mandated to pursue a passport, health insurance policy and an employer certificate to prove that they belong to one of the professions prioritized by the authorities. The signing-up for the first shot of the vaccine will be enough because doctors themselves will follow the patients for the second shot. Patients will receive an SMS alert after signing up for the vaccination program online where they will receive their appointment details.
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The entire vaccination procedure will take up to an hour, including 15 minutes for freezing the vaccination and 10 minutes for an examination by the doctor. Patients have to wait in the clinic for about 30 minutes after receiving the shot. The list of people eligible to revive the vaccine storm will be expanded in the future, when more shares of Sputnik V become available.
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