Coronavirus vaccination begins in Moscow

December 6, 2020

COVID-19 vaccination has begun in 70 outpatient clinics around the capital, the Moscow coronavirus emergency response centre reported.

City residents from the highest risk groups who are regularly in contact with large numbers of people through their work can be vaccinated. At present vaccination is available for all staff of medical and educational institutions, whether private or public, and also personnel of the city’s social services. 

City residents who are eligible for vaccination have been informed of the opportunity, including through text messages.

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Vaccination appointments can be made at the portal. Appointments can be made for up to two weeks in advance. Vaccination stations will be open daily from 8 am to 8 pm. 

When arriving at the vaccination station, make sure to have your passport, mandatory health insurance policy and a document, for example an employer’s certificate, to prove that you belong to one of the professions or organisations entitled for the vaccine. The city reserves the right to verify the information provided. 

Employees of healthcare and educational institutions as well as city’s social services aged 18 to 60 who are registered at one of the city’s outpatient clinics can be vaccinated against the coronavirus. People over 60 as well as pregnant and nursing women will not be able to get the vaccine. The vaccine will be provided to people who do not suffer from any chronic conditions and do not have a cold at the time when the vaccine is administered or two weeks prior to that. There should also be a window of at least 30 days since getting any other vaccine, for example a flu jab.

Vaccination will not be available to participants of the post-registration clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, after the trials are completed, the participants who had been given a placebo will have a priority right to vaccination.

The vaccine consists of two components, and is administered in two doses as this produces a reliable immune response. The second dose is administered 21 days after the first one. Signing up for the first shot will be enough, since the doctor at the clinic will take care of signing the patient up for the second dose. Patients will receive an SMS-alert 24 hours before the appointment reminding them of the date, time and the clinic where they will receive the second injection.

The vaccination procedure takes at least one hour, including about 10 minutes for an examination by the doctor, and another 15 minutes to prepare the vaccine, which is stored in a frozen state (each ampule contains five doses) and is defrosted for every five patients after their checkup is finished. The post-vaccination observation and  examination will take 30 minutes. The patient will  be issued a certificate with a record of two vaccinations certifying the fact that the individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The vaccine was developed using a biotechnology method on the basis of a cutting edge technological platform designed by Russian scientists. It is safe because it does not contain the coronavirus. The base of the vaccine are special laboratory-designed structures (vector carriers) which contain only a part of the virus gene. In response to them, the immune system produces protective antibodies. 



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