İrem UZUN -TDO- Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will receive the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a Russian state TV channel on Sunday. “He said he will be vaccinated, he made this decision and was waiting until all formalities are completed,” the spokesman was quoted as saying to Rossiya 1 TV Channel on its website.
Russia launched a voluntary vaccination program with the Russia-made Sputnik V vaccine earlier in December, starting with the most vulnerable groups in Moscow. People over the age of 60 may begin to apply for shots on Monday, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on his website on Sunday, the day after the Russian health ministry said the vaccine was approved for use by elderly people after a separate trial. Moscow opened the doors of Russia's first 70 vaccination centers two weeks ago, offering healthcare workers and other crucial groups a shot of Sputnik V. However, since then, only 15,000 people have been vaccinated, according to Sobyanin. It means that on average, each clinic inoculated about 15 people a day.
68-year-old Putin said earlier that the Russian vaccine was effective and safe, and he saw no reason not to be vaccinated adding that he was waiting until it became available. “Our vaccine is effective, and it’s safe, so I see no reason why we should be afraid of getting a shot,” he said, adding that Russia’s priority was to vaccinate its own citizens and that it would be building up its production capacity to do so.