Egypt extends campaigns to roll out COVID-19 shots to more institutions

The Ministry of Health continued its efforts to confront the coronavirus, emphasizing the need to receive the vaccine and adhere to precautionary and preventive measures.

It also continued to raise the maximum degree of preparedness in all quarantine departments at airports, seaports and land crossings.

The ministry  extended the knock-on-door campaigns to vaccinate citizens to include transport, trains and stations, mosques, churches, sport clubs, youth centers and markets.

The spokesperson for the Health and Population Ministry, Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, said that the ministry continues to implement the quarantine plan at entry points to the country and preventive health measures for early detection of the virus, as well as conducting swabs for pilgrims coming through sea and air ports.

Abdul-Ghaffar stressed the continuation of raising the maximum level of readiness in all quarantine departments at air airports, seaports and land crossings.


Campaigns in place

The head of the preventive medicine sector at the ministry, Amr Kandil, said that the “knock-on-door” campaigns to vaccinate citizens with the vaccine extended to the coastal governorates that witness a turnout of vacationers, where 32,513 citizens were vaccinated.

He touched on updating the campaign implementation plan by providing presidential initiatives’ services in addition to vaccinations against coronavirus, and activating the benefit of citizens from train passengers inside coaches , during trips and at the Egypt Station in Cairo.

Kandil indicated that services are provided in mosques, churches, sports clubs, youth centers, markets and gathering places, while taking all measures to combat infection.


The spread of the sixth wave

The Egyptian Health and Population Ministry said earlier this month that it anticipates the peak of the sixth wave of coronavirus within about a month.

The Ministry said on July 4 that it detected an increase in coronavirus infection rates in Egypt by 6.9 percent during the past week.

It attributed the rise in coronavirus cases due to several reasons, including the spread of the Omicron mutation, and the great laxity of citizens in following precautionary measures during gatherings and closed places.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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