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Turkey starts vaccinating teachers against COVID-19

24 Feb 2021, 22:05 GMT+10

ISTANBUL, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Turkey started Wednesday vaccinating teachers against COVID-19 as part of the ongoing mass inoculation program with China's Sinovac Biotech.

Turkish Education Minister Ziya Selcuk got the first dose of the vaccine in the Black Sea province of Corum during a live broadcast.

Selcuk said that a list of 1.26 million school personnel was earlier submitted to the health ministry, and their names are now in the vaccination appointment system.

Last week, the second semester started with in-person classes in village primary schools across the country. All other primary schools and 8th and 12th grades are expected to begin face-to-face education on March 1.

Turkey launched the nationwide rollout on Jan. 14 with the vaccination of healthcare professionals and the elderly.

So far, over 7.5 million doses of vaccines have been given across the country, according to the latest health ministry data.

More than 6.3 million people got their first doses, while over 1.2 million others received their second doses, showed the data.

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