No plans to scrap free COVID-19 vaccinations in Russia — Kremlin – Society & Culture

MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. There are no plans to make COVID-19 vaccinations a commercial service in Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Friday.

Earlier, United Russia State Duma Deputy Maxim Ivanov wrote on his Facebook page that the government allegedly intends to put a cost on COVID-19 vaccinations.

“No,” he replied to a question about whether the government plans to scrap free COVID-19 vaccinations.

Mass vaccination of the adult population began in Russia on January 18, 2021. Five coronavirus vaccines were registered in Russia today, namely Sputnik V and Sputnik Light, developed by the Gamaleya Center of the Ministry of Health of Russia, EpiVacCorona and EpiVacCorona-N, developed by the Vector Center of the Health Inspectorate and CoviVac developed by the Chumakov Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

COVID-19 vaccination in Russia remains voluntary. Vaccination is only mandatory in some regions and for certain categories of citizens, including service workers. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly spoken out against the introduction of compulsory vaccination. According to the head of state, it is necessary to get vaccinated because “COVID-19 is not going anywhere”.

According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, the level of herd immunity to coronavirus infection in Russia as of January 12 is 63.2%. Its level dropped in 12 regions during the New Year holidays.

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