While Turkey included new occupational groups in the COVID-19 vaccination program and reduced the age limit, on the other hand, the number of daily administered vaccines reached approximately 600 thousand doses.
Thus, an important step was taken on the way to the goal of social immunization.
“It has the potential to make more than 1.5 million doses of vaccine a day”
Ankara University Faculty of Medicine Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases Prof. Dr. İsmail Balık pointed out that Turkey’s infrastructure has the potential to produce more than 1.5 million doses of vaccine per day, when there is sufficient vaccine.
Pointing out that social immunity can be achieved in the summer months by administering between 700 thousand and 1 million doses of vaccine per day, Balık emphasized that reaching 600 thousand doses of vaccine in one day is the most important sign of this.
“In the autumn, we can return to our old normal”
prof. Dr. Fish, “If 1 million doses of vaccine are administered per day, we will reach the social immunity target by the end of July. In the autumn, we can return to our old normal. Of course, this depends on the fact that there is no problem in the supply of vaccines and people’s compliance with being vaccinated.”
Pointing out that the BioNTech vaccine started to show its effect 10 days after the first dose, Balık emphasized that this is important in terms of providing community immunity faster.
Noting that at least 60 percent of the population should have been vaccinated in order for COVID-19 not to be called an “epidemic”, Balık said, “When at least 60 percent of the population is vaccinated, the disease will go from the ‘epidemic’ form and be seen as a small number of infection cases, and the society will no longer be seriously affected. “Of course, the risk will continue for people who have not been vaccinated in this process,” he said.
“People loved by society should call for vaccination”
Pointing out that there is a group of people who want to be vaccinated as soon as possible on one side, and who are indecisive about the vaccine on the other, Balık said:
“After we have enough vaccines, our biggest obstacle in reaching herd immunity is vaccine undecideds. As the daily vaccination rate increases and the turn approaches to young ages, we can see that the number of people who are undecided about getting vaccinated increases. Both in Turkey and in the world, the number of vaccine undecided people is increasing towards younger ages. .
For this reason, a Turkey-wide social campaign against vaccine hesitancy can be organized. Opinion leaders of the society, politicians, artists, athletes, teachers and religious leaders should also support this campaign. Informative and sensitivity calls by loved and respected people and groups on this issue will have a positive impact. We got similar results in the vaccination campaign we organized before. I think it would be beneficial to start such a campaign immediately so that there will be no problems in catching the daily vaccination rates in the coming days.”