People in Kurdistan Region receiving second doses of COVID-19 vaccine: deputy minister


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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Minister of Health Rahel Faraidun on Tuesday (May 11) told Voice of America (VOA) that many people in the Kurdistan Region have begun receiving their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine and that the pace of vaccination is up overall.

Faraidun said that residents were hesitant to get coronavirus vaccine at first because of misinformation, but that now there is better understanding of the benefits to getting vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Sinopharm are available in the Kurdistan Region.

He said that health authorities are examining two cases where people died following an initial dose of vaccine, but believe that they are unrelated to receiving the inoculation.

According to the Iraqi Health Ministry, 441,121 people have been vaccinated in Iraq, a country of more than 40 million, since the first shipment of vaccines arrived on February 28.

Over the past 24 hours, 14,771 people were vaccinated in Iraq, including 515 people in Erbil, 494 in Duhok, and 279 in Sulaimani.

(NRT Digital Media)