Almost 17mn Russians Receive First Coronavirus Vaccine Dose


On Thursday, Russia’s Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told the RIA news agency that at least one dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination had been given to about 17 million individuals.

According to the data, roughly 3 million individuals have received the first dosage of one of Russia’s vaccinations in the last two weeks. On May 12, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said that 14 million Russians have gotten one dosage of the vaccination.

Despite the fact that Russia began rolling out its Sputnik V injection in December, certain localities have complained that the immunization procedure is moving too slowly.

Despite free and easy access to vaccines since January, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin bemoaned last week that few citizens have opted to be vaccinated.

In an effort to speed up inoculation, officials in the Yakutia region ordered all employers to organize COVID-19 vaccines for their employees this week.

Russia has licensed four vaccinations for home use, with Sputnik V being the most extensively used. It is given in two doses, with a 21-day interval between each injection.