Covid-19, which the whole world is struggling with, causes more loss of life, although it changes day by day. The vaccine, which is a way to protect yourself from the Covid-19 virus, differs in each country. There are many vaccines worldwide, especially Moderna, Astrazeneca, Sputnik V, Sinovac, Sinopharm, BionTech vaccines. So which Covid-19 vaccine types are available in Turkey?
WHAT TYPES OF VACCINE ARE THERE IN TURKEY?
Since the Covid-19 outbreak started in Turkey, Sinovac and BionTech vaccines have been offered free of charge. In 2021, a domestic vaccine was developed and Turkovac was added to the vaccine options after obtaining emergency use approval.
Since the vaccination rate is extremely high, it was recommended to use the Turkovac vaccine as a ‘reminder dose’ by the Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca.
HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VACCINATED?
The number of people vaccinated is quite high as the war continues with the new variants created with the conveniences and incentives provided in vaccination. The total number of vaccines administered in Turkey to date has approached 135 million.
According to statistics dated 06.01.2022;
Number of people who had the 1st dose of covid vaccine; 57,009,739 people
1st dose covid vaccination rate; 91.85%
Number of people who had a second dose of covid vaccine; 51,756,893 people
2nd dose covid vaccination rate; 83.38%
1.,2. and the total number of people vaccinated with the 3rd dose; 134,195,065 people
You can instantly check the number of people vaccinated here; TURKEY COVID VACCINE INFORMATION
If you are wondering if foreign national tourists can be vaccinated against Covid-19 in Turkey, you can review our previous article; Covid-19 Vaccine Application for Foreign Nationals
WHAT IS VACCINE?
Vaccines are highly reliable biological products. They are tightly controlled during the production and distribution stages.
According to the statement made by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Turkey;
All vaccines used in Turkey are approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), European Medicines Agency (EMA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or T.C. These are vaccines licensed by the Ministry of Health, Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (TİTCK) and produced in accordance with the rules of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) recommended and approved by the World Health Organization. For each series produced, detailed analyzes and tests are carried out by both the manufacturer and the official authorities of the country of production. Harmlessness and efficacy analyzes and compatibility tests of purchased vaccines and antisera are carried out by T.C. It is carried out by the Pharmaceuticals, Biological and Medical Products Laboratory, which is the national reference laboratory under the control of the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency under the Ministry of Health, with experienced personnel and advanced devices. All administered vaccines and antisera have passed the analysis and are safe. Vaccines that do not pass the analysis are returned and a vaccine is requested from another batch.
Until the vaccines are purchased from the manufacturer and administered to the person to be vaccinated, they are kept in the appropriate temperature range within the cold chain system in all health institutions and are constantly monitored by the Vaccine Tracking System (ATS).
WHAT IS VACCINE TRACKING SYSTEM? (ATS)
The Vaccine Tracking System (ATS), developed by the TR Ministry of Health, General Directorate of Public Health (HSGM), established and operated with service procurement, provides evidence-based product safety. It is the first and only system in the world that monitors temperature, expiration and stock on a country basis. Its national and international patent has been taken on behalf of HSGM (Turkish Patent Institute; 2017/03813 and “Cold Chain and Stock Management System”, PCT; WO2019040018 – Cold Chain and Stock Management System).
T.R. Real-time monitoring of the temperature of the products (vaccine and antiserum) subject to the cold chain managed and managed by the Ministry of Health throughout Turkey, in the warehouses and cabinets where they are stored and in the vehicles they are transported, uninterrupted and regular recording of the necessary information, reporting, monitoring from the relevant centers and, where possible, appropriate It is designed to give warnings to the relevant people via methods (SMS, e-mail, call).
There are 12,298 temperature monitoring devices and 13,447 stock units (vehicle/cabinet/cold storage) across the country. After the controls on the ATS, up to 2 million doses of vaccination are carried out per month in more than 10,000 different units.
Over temperature and power cut warnings are made to the relevant units 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the ATS Call Center, and support is provided in all stock management issues.
The number of users defined in the system is 80,000, and the number of active users assigned to units is 65,000. All users are healthcare professionals.