Turkey will administer inactive COVID-19 vaccines in two doses, 28 days apart, the country’s health minister said Wednesday.
Health care staff and nursing homes will be the first to receive the vaccines, Fahrettin Koca wrote in a statement on Twitter after a virtual meeting of the Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board.
He added that authorities are planning to administer vaccines at family health centers and public, private and university hospitals.
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 airplane carrying the first shipment consisting of 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s SinoVac Biotech landed at the Esenboğa Airport in the capital Ankara early Wednesday.
Vaccinations will not be mandatory for now, and Turkey aims to convince the public about the necessity of getting the jab against the coronavirus, making mass vaccination possible.