Kabul: Over 100,000 people in Afghanistan, including healthcare workers and security personnel have been vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced on Wednesday.
Health officials said that Afghanistan has so far received over 900,000 doses of the India-made AstraZeneca vaccine.
Based on the figures, 67,684 members of the health system, 18,447 teachers, 3,792 elderly people, 1,602 govt employees and 1,904 media employees have so far received the vaccine shot.
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Meanwhile, doctors at the Afghan-Japan hospital in Kabul have said that those recently diagnosed with COVID-19 have recent travel history drom Iran and Pakistan.
“On the recommendation of the World Health Organization, we also included the most vulnerable segment of the society and the elderly people or those who are suffering from chronic diseases,” said Mustafa Lais, head of Covid combat cell at the ministry.
“More people are consulting us on a daily basis since March,” said Mohammad Tariq Akbari, the head of Afghan-Japan hospital.
Currently, up to 70 cases of COVID-19 are being registered in Afghanistan.