In Russia, vaccination against the coronavirus COVID-19 will be phased and will begin before the New Year, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday. The Kremlin spokesman could not name the exact date, but noted that the vaccination will take place taking into account the geography of the country and the storage characteristics of the vaccine, RIA Novosti reports. Like HIV and stroke. Immunologist on the consequences of COVID-19 for the body The stages of vaccination should be minimal, since there is a "daunting task" - to provide everyone with a vaccine against COVID-19 as quickly as possible, Peskov added. He also stressed that vaccination will be voluntary. Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova claimed that mass vaccination against coronavirus in Russia would begin by 2021. Mass production of the first domestic vaccine against COVID-19 Sputnik V has already begun in Russia. Now the drug is in the third stage of trials, in which volunteers participate. According to the developers' estimates, the effectiveness of the vaccine by the beginning of November was 92%. Infectious disease specialist, doctor of medical sciences Nikolai Malyshev, in an interview with NSN, said that side effects in people who have been vaccinated will not be dangerous.