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  • Covid-19: As Turkey starts to inoculate people over 15, including children over 12 with chronic illnesses, it is now offering extra Pfizer shots for those wanting to travel to countries that have not approved China’s Sinovac’s coronavirus vaccine

Reuters | , Istanbul

UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2021 04:09 PM IST

Turkey is allowing people who were inoculated with Sinovac’s coronavirus vaccine to take an additional Pfizer dose as it looks to ease travel to countries that have not approved the Chinese shot, the health ministry said on Monday.

Turkey has administered 83 million vaccines against Covid-19, mainly Sinovac’s Coronavac and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. In the first weeks, it was exclusively using the Chinese vaccine, which has not been approved in some Western countries.

Last month, authorities started giving a third dose to health workers and people aged over 50, as studies showed that the antibodies triggered by Sinovac’s vaccine decline after around six months.

More than six million of those booster doses have been administered, and the ministry said on Monday that people who had been given a booster dose of Pfizer could receive a second Pfizer shot if needed for travel.

The ministry also said it was starting to inoculate people over 15 and that children over 12 with chronic illnesses would also be eligible.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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