TEHERAN, 9 February. / TASS /. Vaccination of the population against coronavirus using the Russian drug "Sputnik V" began on Tuesday in Iran. The launch ceremony was broadcast by Iranian state television.
The first person in the country to receive the vaccine was the son of Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Said Namaki.
Vaccinations are starting in several provinces of the country, including Tehran and Qom. Residents of the capital district can get vaccinated at the Imam Khomeini Hospital.
As previously reported by representatives of the Ministry of Health, vaccination for the population will be free and voluntary. At the first stage, it is planned to vaccinate resuscitation and intensive care workers. The next step will be to involve other healthcare professionals and seniors over the age of 65.
The start of vaccination in Iran became possible thanks to the delivery of the first batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, which was delivered to Tehran on February 4. The next deliveries are scheduled for February and March. In addition, a joint Iranian-Russian vaccine production can be launched on the territory of the Islamic republic within 2.5 months.