With the slowdown in vaccination rates and the surge in infection rates, Turkey is moving towards compulsory vaccination for teachers, students and their families.
The country’s Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, stated that “face-to-face education is a must” and the government will take measures to vaccinate teachers, eligible students and families that live with them. He said those who have not been vaccinated, especially parents, may have to show a negative Covid-19 test result.
“So far, our vaccination program has always been a matter of encouragement and preference. However, now it is a social responsibility and cannot be left to every citizen to choose,” Koka said after meeting with his coronavirus task force. Said in a televised speech.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) later stated that he believed that mandatory vaccination would not violate human rights and that next week’s cabinet meeting would decide to start school.
Last week, the country’s education minister resigned last week after teachers criticized the school for not being prepared to reopen safely on September 6. Since March 2020, most of Turkey’s 18.2 million primary and secondary school students have been studying remotely, with only intermittent guidance.
Everyone in Turkey who is 18 years of age or older can be vaccinated. According to data from the Ministry of Health, approximately 37% of the 84 million people received two doses of the vaccine.
Turkey recorded 27,356 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, and when restrictions on the coronavirus were relaxed in early July, the number was about 4,000.
Koka also stated that the country plans to publish its findings on the effectiveness of the third dose of the vaccine in a scientific journal. He said that individuals with the highest protection rate were individuals who received three doses of “inactive vaccine”, and the second best level of protection was individuals who received two doses of inactive vaccine and the third dose of mRNA vaccine. .
Since the end of June, medical staff and people 50 years and older have received the third dose. Turkey has used China-made CoronaVac and Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccines that have inactivated pathogens, a new technology that instructs cells to produce proteins that trigger immune responses.