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Georgia receives 28,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine

By Khatia Bzhalava
Thursday, July 15
As the Head of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Amiran Gamkrelidze announced yesterday, Georgia has received 28,000 doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. At the first stage, only 14,000 people will be able to get both two shots of vaccine, which will be given at 21-28 day intervals. Vaccination begins on July 16 in seven medical facilities, in three cities, Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Batumi.

Georgia’s vaccine registration portal has experienced technical issues for several hours due to overloading, however, it is now restored and citizens can book jab appointments until July 16.

Yesterday, Servicemembers of the Georgian Defence Forces received Pfizer jabs at the Gori Military Hospital and the Kutaisi Medical Centre. According to the Ministry of Defence, 17 percent of the ministry staff have received their doses already, adding that family members of troops can also join the vaccination process.

According to the Ministry of Health, under the agreement with Pfizer, Georgia will receive 1,000,350 doses of the vaccine gradually, through 2021. According to Gamkrelidze, the next doses are set to arrive every week in July.

Overall, vaccination in Georgia is currently available with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Sinocav vaccines, and almost 200 medical facilities are engaged in the nationwide process. No fatality is recorded among fully vaccinated persons, whose infection rates are as low as 0.3%.

As of Wednesday, Georgia reported 1,663 coronavirus cases, 769 recoveries, and 13 deaths. Georgian capital Tbilisi recorded the highest number of 988 Covid-19 cases, followed by the Kakheti region with 122 cases and the Imereti region with 121 cases.

In total, there have been 381,336 coronavirus cases, among them, 361,327 people recovered and 5,492 died.