Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced that at the end of June, vaccination will be reduced to 20 years old. Speaking to Sabah newspaper, Koca stated that they emphasized that the 3rd dose vaccination should be with a hybrid model, and that the application would start in voluntary groups in the first place.
Koca gave the following information about the latest situation in the vaccine supply process, the interest and persuasion processes in the vaccine, the limit of social immunity, the hybrid vaccination approach and the conditions for removing the masks:
NEW PARTY VACCINE AT BIONTECH AND SINOVAC
Nearly half of the 30 million doses of BioNTech vaccine planned for this month have been delivered, with procurement progressing as planned. As of today, we expect 3.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine to arrive in Turkey. The new batch of the vaccine, which has been approved by China, is expected to reach 14.5 million doses in total. In this way, it is aimed to meet the demands of those who are waiting to receive the Sinovac vaccine.
HYBRID VACCINATION MODEL
In autumn, at least 6 months after the first vaccinations, the following procedure will be followed, starting with the volunteers, to determine the effectiveness and protection of the 3rd dose of vaccine: Sinovac will be given to a group with the first 2 doses of Sinovac vaccine, BioNTech to another group, and a local vaccine to the other group. .
Likewise, a volunteer group among those who prefer BioNTech for the first 2 doses will be given the 3rd dose of Sinovac, BioNTech and local vaccine. Thus, taking into account which hybrid model provides the highest protection in the third dose, widespread and intensive application will be started.
SOCIAL IMMUNITY CRITERIA
At least 60 percent of the population must be vaccinated for herd immunity to occur. However, vaccination at a rate of 70 percent or more is considered more meaningful. For this reason, considering the protective effect, it is thought that the first dose of BioNTech vaccine will be given to the large masses depending on their preference and the herd immunity will be increased rapidly.
WHEN WILL THE MASKS BE RELEASED?
It was recommended to keep a distance of at least 2 meters, taking into account the mutations of the virus. Those who keep a distance of 2 meters can remove the mask. But there are situations where “you may need to wear a mask depending on the environment while sitting at home. The important thing here is to keep the distance and vaccination.
The number of daily cases is fluctuating between 5-6 thousand. The effect of increased mobility is great in this. We went through different periods to control the epidemic. We experienced periods of complete closure, partial closure, and controlled normalization. We should see the current period as a controlled social life and apply it.
VACCINATION RATE IN RISK GROUPS MUST BE 90 PERCENT
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, “Our citizens should think, ‘This vaccine will protect me’. However, some of them emphasize side effects rather than protection. But the alleged side effects have no counterpart. We expect the rate to increase in persuasion vaccination. It should reach 90,” he said.