Turkey inoculated only 10 mln people in 4 months, vaccine shortage ensues
Turkey only vaccinated a little over 10 million people with the COVID-19 vaccine in the past four months of inoculations, state data showed on May 6. The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) said that this number is a mere 10 percent of the population, whereas at least 70 percent is required for herd immunity.
Turkey's Health Ministry data showed that only a little over 10 million had received both shots of the COVID-19 vaccine since mid-January, when the country started inoculations, while a little over 14 million had received at least one shot.
Healthcare professionals and senior citizens were given priority in the country's official vaccination schedule, although Health Minister Koca said that they hope to vaccinate everyone over 40 before June.
The Health Ministry has also employed persuasion teams to visit the homes of any citizens who are eligible for the vaccine, but haven't received it yet.
Turkey has so far only vaccinated about 10 percent of the population, the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) said, adding that 70 percent is required to ensure herd immunity.