Turkey mulling plans to boost vaccinations
August 06, 2021 (2 years ago)
Officials are mulling plans to boost vaccinations in autumn as the number of daily inflections keeps rising despite the ongoing inoculation drive.Authorities are assessing proposals from the Health Ministry and the Health Ministry’s Science Board as to how to prepare for the coming months in the fight against the pandemic.
As part of those measures, one option the officials are considering is to make it mandatory for civil servants who refuse to get the COVID-19 jab to take PCR tests on a weekly basis and wear face masks.
Authorities are looking into similar practices in the world, such as policies in some states in the U.S., to draw a plan to boost vaccinations among civil servants.
Officials, meanwhile, reckon that the vaccination drive gained momentum after the long Eid al-Adha holiday, but the pace of the jab drive does not seem to be strong enough to bring the spread of the virus under control.
The daily virus cases have already been on the rise for some time and the mobility during the holiday also contributed to the uptick in the infections, according to officials.
Recently, local community religious leaders stepped in to encourage people to get their shots against COVID-19 in Turkey’s low vaccinated provinces in eastern and southeastern provinces.