A few hours after the first injection of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in the Iranian capital Tehran, the vaccine was delivered to other Iranian provinces. This was reported by the Iranian agency IRN on February 9.
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The start of vaccinations followed an order from President Hassan Rouhani, with the son of Health Minister Said Namaki being the first person to receive the vaccine.
“The highest priority groups of people for vaccination are doctors and nurses working in the intensive care units of hospitals,” said the Minister of Health.
Reports from various provinces indicate that vaccination has begun in Qazvin, Zanjan, Lorestan, Yazd, Hamedan and Mazandaran provinces. West Azerbaijan and Kerman province also intend to start vaccination.
Vaccinations in central Qom province are reported to begin on February 10, while vaccinations in the southern province of Hormozgan will begin on February 12. The western province of Kermanshah also received the first shipment of vaccine.
The health minister said Iran had selected and imported one of the least harmful and least dangerous vaccines after evaluating the most reliable vaccines available.