The local corona virus vaccine TURKOVAC continues to be administered to volunteers. The vaccine was selected from among citizens who applied through e-Nabız and met the necessary conditions. In this context, more than 40 thousand volunteers at home and abroad will be vaccinated.
Developed in cooperation with Erciyes University and Ministry of Health, Turkish Health Institutes Presidency (TÜSEB), “TURKOVAC” is applied to volunteers within the scope of phase 3 study.
The work of the domestic inactivated vaccine, which was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as “TURKOVAC”, continues at Ankara City Hospital, which is one of the study centers.
Within the scope of phase 3 studies, the vaccine is administered to citizens who make an appointment via e-Nabız and meet the requirements of volunteering.
So, what stages do volunteers go through in the hospital? For those who apply for volunteering from e-Nabız, firstly, a registration is created from the hospital.
After the briefing, the volunteers who are directed to blood and PCR tests in order to understand whether they have had Covid-19 or not, then come to the study room, get their vaccinations and are kept waiting for half an hour.
Volunteers, if they encounter any side effects, call “0850 222 00 79” and inform the healthcare teams about their symptoms.
For the phase 3 study of the domestic vaccine “TURKOVAC”, the volunteers were selected from among those aged 18-55, who did not have Covid-19, did not have a positive PCR test, had not had a Covid-19 vaccine before, and were not positive for thoracic computed tomography (CT) tests or antibodies .
In addition, those with Systemic or Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus, autoimmune diseases, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Sjögren’s Syndrome, Glomerulonephritis, Hashimoto’s disease, HIV and giant cell arteritis diseases, which are among the chronic diseases that affect the immune system, were also excluded from the study.
Candidate volunteers who met the specified conditions also responded to the questionnaire on e-Nabız, which included the questions of whether they use public transportation, whether they work, if they work, and whether they work in a public environment close to people.
In this context, it was found appropriate that more than 40 thousand volunteers from the country and abroad, who met the necessary conditions, to participate in the phase 3 study of the domestic vaccine.
Infectious Diseases Specialist Assoc. Dr. Bircan Kayaaslan said that the expected stage has finally come and that vaccines have been administered to the volunteers as part of the phase 3 study as of this week. Stating that the volunteers made an appointment via e-Nabız, Kayaaslan explained that they were accepted as candidates after the preliminary evaluations made at the hospital. Dr. Stating that they took both blood and PCR tests from the person, Kayaaslan said, “The PCR test is taken so that there is no positivity at that time. Because sometimes it can carry the virus even if it does not show any symptoms. We do not include them. We also look for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in the blood test we receive. Emphasizing that the vaccination rates should be increased in order to get out of the negative conditions, Karaaslan said, “This is a domestic and national vaccine. Previous studies show that it is quite effective. We expect him to apply to our centers,” he said.
Tahsin Tunç, 33, who volunteered for the vaccine and works as a men’s hairdresser in Ankara, said: “Although it was my professional priority, I did not get vaccinated because I volunteered, I waited a little longer. Because I wanted to contribute to the study and I believed more in the domestic vaccine. Other vaccines are about One of the biggest reasons for this was the fact that locals were still being studied while I was on the market for 7-8 months, and of course I trust our local doctors.” Another volunteer, 24-year-old Muhammet Celik, said, “The first reason I volunteered is because it is a Turkish vaccine and it is reliable. I thought it would be more appropriate for me to have the vaccine he produced.” Pointing out the importance of people getting vaccinated as soon as possible and getting involved in social life, Çelik called on everyone to get vaccinated.