Turkish National COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Strategy

The COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as a serious public health emergency. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this incident as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” based on the International Health Regulations (IHR - 2005). The Turkish Republic’s Ministry of Health has been closely following global efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic from its partners across the globe.

Mass vaccination programs and development of vaccines against the virus have been integral to international efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, and this has been an area of key focus for the Ministry's response to the pandemic as well. 

The Ministry determined the order of groups to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by evaluating the risk of exposure to the disease, the risk of having the disease with a severe course, the risk of transmitting the disease, and the negative impact of the disease on the functioning of social life. The vaccine will be administered to these groups in the order of priority accordingly.

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Individuals will first apply to their assigned family physician at the Family Healthcare Center, where the vaccine will be administered. If the individual cannot for some reason reach the family physician, to whom s/he is registered, s/he will be vaccinated by an appointment at the nearest family physician, or an adult vaccination clinic/unit currently offering vaccination services within a hospital.

Post-vaccination side effects will be registered on the digital Vaccine Tracking System (VTS) and will be carefully monitored and evaluated.
All vaccines the Turkish Ministry of Health administer at the healthcare facilities providing vaccination services will be free of charge.