MOSCOW: Coronavirus vaccination has kicked off in Moscow for at-risk groups including medical, educational and social workers, the city's coronavirus monitoring centre said on Saturday.
"Coronavirus vaccination began today at 70 city public health centres for those from major at-risk groups, who contact large numbers of people at work. Those include medical, educational and social workers," the statement said, according to a TASS News Agency report.
The development comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin tasked the government and regional authorities to kick off free voluntary vaccination campaign against the coronavirus infection.
Applications are being received on mos.ru from people aged between 18 and 60, registered with the city's public health centers.
However, people with certain chronic diseases would not be able to get the shot, and those with acute respiratory infections will have to wait two weeks after recovering from it.
In addition, volunteers involved in post-registration vaccine trials cannot be vaccinated though those who got a placebo during trials will be provided with an opportunity to receive the vaccine once trials are over, said the report. (IANS)