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Iran expand COVID vaccinations to cover people under 40

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran’s COVID vaccination campaign now covers people under 40 years old.

Iranian health authorities have announced people under 40 years old can now be vaccinated against the coroanvirus as the country ramps up its nationwide inoculating program against the disease.

A Tuesday statement by the Iranian health ministry said that all people born before 1981 would be eligible to receive coronavirus vaccines after registering on an online platform.

The announcement comes just a month after a new Iranian administration promised it would overhaul the country’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus mainly by accelerating vaccinations.

Number of vaccine doses dispensed everyday has already passed a milestone of 1.5 million as authorities have set up more vaccination centers in major towns and cities across the country.

Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, who also chairs the country’s national taskforce against the coronaviurs, said on Tuesday that the speed of vaccinations will increase by three times without elaborating on any figures.

The Tuesday statement by the Iranian health ministry said nearly 13 million Iranians had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus while over 25 million people had received at least one dose of vaccines.

The Iranian government hopes accelerated vaccinations will allow a reopening of the economy less than two years after it came to a halt because of the disease.

Vaccinations have also helped authorities plan a reopening of schools across Iran. Education ministry authorities said on Tuesday that a third of all schools will be open when new education year in the country begins on September 23.

Iranian customs office statements show Iran has taken delivery of over 50 million vaccine doses mainly from China over the past nine months.

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