Turkey lowers coronavirus vaccine eligibility age to 35

Turkey will start to administer COVID-19 vaccinations for citizens aged above 35 on June 17, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced.

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Turkey has lowered the vaccine eligibility age to 35, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on June 16.

“Within the last week, we have made the vaccination accessible for many people in the working life, education life, art and culture life and several occupational and age groups. As of tomorrow, we are making vaccination appointments available for all our citizens above the age of 35,” Koca said following a meeting of the Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board in the capital Ankara.

Turkey has administered over 1.44 million jabs of COVID-19 vaccines on June 16, according to official figures released by the Health Ministry.

Over 37.11 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered since the country launched a vaccination campaign in mid-January.

More than 23 million people have received their first doses, while over 14 million have been fully vaccinated, showed the Health Ministry count.

Meanwhile, the country on June 16 registered 6,221 new coronavirus cases and 71 new fatalities from the virus. The number of new cases on June 15 was 5,955.