A vaccination call at a bus stop, the poster says “If you are over 60, get vaccinated. Right now!”. Photo: Ulf Mauder / dpa
They should then be able to redeem them in selected shops, pharmacies and cafes, as Moscow Mayor Sergej Sobyanin wrote on his blog on Sunday. People have to register on the Internet in order to benefit from the campaign financed with corporate donations.
Russia started mass vaccination in December, but many people still hesitate. Many old people are also skeptical whether the Russian corona vaccine Sputnik V is safe. According to the latest information, only just under five percent of the population in the largest country in the world have received both injections. While there have been reports of vaccine shortages from regions, in Moscow you can even have the vaccine injected in shopping centers.
According to Mayor Sobjanin, around 400,000 elderly people have been vaccinated in the metropolis with a population of 12 million. All over the city there are posters that specifically call for immunization to people over the age of 60. After a tough lockdown last spring, Muscovites in this age group had been called on for months to stay at home.