Tunis/Tunisia — The Health Ministry is organising open days for COVID-19 vaccination for the benefit of all Tunisian citizens over 18 years old during the first two days of Eid al-Adha, starting Tuesday at 1 pm, until Wednesday at 7 pm, Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi announced on Monday.
He was speaking at a press conference held at the headquarters of the Ministry.
Mehdi explained that citizens wishing to be vaccinated must register on the vaccination platform "Evax," then go to one of the vaccination centres.
Some 29 vaccination centres will be opened on this occasion, the addresses of which will be revealed by the ministry.
During these open days, two types of vaccines will be administered, namely Chinese "Sinopharma," suitable for all ages, and "AstraZeneca" vaccine for citizens over 45 years old, according to the Minister of Health.
The Minister called on medics and paramedics who wish to volunteer to work during the open days to contact the Local Health Directorates, commending their considerable efforts and great sacrifices.
On the other hand, the minister stressed that starting the following week, 150 new vaccination centres will open their doors, in parallel with the launch of vaccination in private pharmacies, stressing that all vaccinations will be free, whether in the public or private sector.
The number of doses acquired or in the process of being acquired by the end of July amounts to 3.2 million doses, of which about 2.4 million doses were acquired through direct purchases and international donations. The remaining quantity, about one million doses, represents Tunisia's current stock.
With these quantities, the national vaccination campaign will be accelerated during the coming period, he added, calling on citizens to register massively to the "Evax" platform and not to miss the appointment of vaccination.
He noted that 54,000 Tunisian citizens are convened each day by the vaccination centres and that only 75% are present at the appointment.