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Booster shot increases protection against coronavirus: Health minister

Booster shot increases protection against coronavirus: Health minister

Fahrettin Koca says people who have received 3 shots account for less than 2% of overall coronavirus cases in Turkey.
09.09.2021 - 11:41

The coronavirus booster shot increases protection against the disease, the Turkish health minister said on Wednesday.

In a written statement issued after the virtual meeting of the Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board, Fahrettin Koca said people who have received three shots account for less than 2% of overall coronavirus cases in Turkey.

Nearly 90% of active cases in hospitals are people who have not been vaccinated or received only one jab, he detailed, adding that only 10% of fully vaccinated people are currently receiving hospital treatment.

It is also expected that those who had received two doses of mRNA vaccines would need a booster shot 5-6 months after they got the second dose, he said.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE BOOSTER SHOOTS

"About 6 million of our citizens are eligible to receive their booster shots," Koca stated, calling on them to "not waste time" to receive their jabs.

Turkey has administered over 99.64 million coronavirus vaccine shots since the country launched an immunization campaign in January, according to official figures released on Wednesday.