COVID-19 vaccinations could be obligatory in Kurdistan Region: KRG ministry spokesperson

A health worker administers a shot of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a vaccination centre in Iraq's central holy city of Karbala on March 3, 2021. (Mohammed SAWAF / AFP)

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health spokesperson Aso Awezi said during an interview with NRT on Sunday (April 18) that the government will make it obligatory for members of the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19, if it is able to obtain enough doses.

Awezi said that another shipment of vaccine will arrive in the Region in the next few days.

He added that the Pfizer vaccine seemed to be the vaccine most in demand by the public.

On Saturday, Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Sulaimani Najmadin Hassan assured the public that all of the vaccines available in the Kurdistan Region are safe to use

Awezi said that the KRG had sought to obtain additional supplies of COVID-19 vaccines through private sales, but that most companies said that they preferred to make deals through Iraq’s federal government.

(NRT Digital Media)