In newly opened clinics across the area, Moscow has begun vaccinating staff at high risk of being infected with the coronavirus.
On Saturday, the distribution of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine across 70 clinics began, marking Russia’s first mass vaccination against the disease.
The Russian-made vaccine will first be made available to physicians and other medical staff, teachers, and social workers because the risk of exposure to the disease was greatest.
It acts in a way similar to the vaccine being produced in the United Kingdom by the Oxford-AstraZeneca team, using other viruses to deliver coronavirus molecules that trigger COVID-19 to human bodies in order to activate the immune response.
The move comes as Russia on Saturday announced a record high of 28,782 new COVID-19 infections, including 7,993 in Moscow, raising the national total since the pandemic began to 2,431,731.
In the past 24 hours, the authorities have reported 508 deaths linked to COVID-19, pushing the official national death toll to 42,684.
Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his personal website on Friday, “Over the first five hours, 5,000 individuals signed up for the jab-teachers, doctors, social workers, those who today risk their health and lives the most.”
The next 15 minutes are for the vaccine to be prepared because it has to be kept at -18C, and then half an hour for the person to be observed.’
Those taking the vaccine would have to come back to take their second shot in three weeks.
For those having vaccines, the age is set at 60. Vaccination is barred for people with certain underlying health problems, pregnant women, and others who have had a respiratory infection for the past two weeks.