Large-scale COVID-19 vaccination: Moscow first in Russia to roll out the vaccine

December 7, 2020

Moscow has become the first region in Russia to launch the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in an interview with Nedelya v Gorode (Week in the City) programme on Rossiya 1 television channel.

“We are the first in the country to test the large-scale vaccination scheme, and building on our vast experience we have enabled the most exposed groups to sign up for the jab online. We are putting in place the framework for phase 3 trials, which will include 40,000 volunteers, 25,000 of whom have already received the vaccine. We are now working to increase this number,” he said.

Several thousand people – teachers, doctors and social workers, signed up for the vaccine during the first hours after the online appointment system was launched.

In addition to this, Sergei Sobyanin said that the city is preparing for the large-scale vaccination campaign.

“Looking ahead, we need to vaccinate six to seven million people. Of course, we cannot get this machine up and running all at once, so we will have to gradually build up these efforts by fine-tuning digital sign-up mechanisms and the cold chain logistics, including vaccine delivery and storage,” he added.

Beginning on 4 December, Moscow residents can make appointments online to get the coronavirus vaccine. During the first stage of the vaccination campaign, it will be available only to those who come into contact with large numbers of people in their line of work: healthcare workers and teachers, as well as staff of the city’s social services.

Sergei Sobyanin: Moscow’s doctors and teachers will be first in line for COVID-19 vaccination

The vaccination campaign is being carried out through a network of 70 stations set up at the city’s outpatient clinics, and working from 8 am until 8 pm every day with appointment bookings released online for the next two weeks.

To get an appointment for a coronavirus vaccine, go to, choose “Вакцинация от COVID-19” in the dropdown menu “Запись к врачу.”

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 to vaccination. Vaccination will be open to people between 18 and 60 years old, registered with one of the city’s outpatient clinics. People over 60 years old, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding 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 of the vaccination and 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.


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