While at the Park House shopping mall in northern Moscow, Vladimir Makarov saw it was offering the coronavirus vaccine to customers; so he asked how long it would take.
“It turned out it’s simple here — 10 minutes,” he said of his experience last month.
But Makarov, like many Muscovites, still decided to put off getting the Sputnik V shot.
Russia boasted last year of being the first in the world to authorize a coronavirus vaccine; but it now finds itself lagging in getting its population immunized.
That has cast doubt on whether authorities will reach their ambitious goal of vaccinating more than 30 million of the country’s 146 million people by mid-June and nearly 69 million by August.
The vaccine reluctance comes as shots are readily available in the capital to anyone 18; or older at more than 200 state and private clinics, shopping malls, food courts, hospitals — even a theater.
As of mid-April, over 1 million of Moscow’s 12.7 million residents, or about 8%; have received at least one shot, even though the campaign began in December.
That percentage is similar for Russia as a whole. Through April 27, only 12.1 million people have gotten at least one shot, and only 7.7 million, or 5%; have been fully vaccinated.
That puts Russia far behind the US; where 43% have gotten at least one shot and the European Union with nearly 27%.
Data analyst Alexander Dragan, who tracks vaccinations across Russia; said last week the country was giving shots to 200,000-205,000 people a day.
In order to hit the mid-June target, it needs to be nearly double that.
“We need to start vaccinating 370,000 people a day, like, beginning tomorrow;” Dragan told The Associated Press.
To boost demand, Moscow officials began offering coupons worth 1,000 rubles (USD 13) to those over 60 who get vaccinated; — not a small sum for those receiving monthly pensions of about 20,000 rubles (USD 260).
Still, it hasn’t generated much enthusiasm.
Some elderly Muscovites told AP it was difficult to register online for the coupons or find grocery stores that accepted them.
Other regions also are offering incentives.
Authorities in Chukotka, across the Bering Strait from Alaska; promised seniors 2,000 rubles for getting vaccinated; while the neighboring Magadan region offered 1,000 rubles.
A theater in St. Petersburg offered discounted tickets for those presenting a vaccination certificate.
Russia’s lagging vaccination rates hinge on several factors, including supply.
Russian drug makers have been slow to ramp up mass production, and there were shortages in March in many regions.
So far, only 28 million two-dose sets of all three vaccines available in Russia have been produced; with Sputnik V accounting for most of them, and only 17.4 million have been released into circulation after undergoing quality control.
Waiting lists for the shot remain long in places. In the Sverdlovsk region, the fifth most populous in Russia; 178,000 people were on a waitlist by mid-April, regional deputy health minister Yekaterina Yutyaeva told AP.
On April 28, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there are enough vaccines available in Russia; adding that demand was the defining factor in the country’s vaccination rate.
Another factor in Russians’ reluctance over Sputnik V was the fact that it was rolled out even as large-scale testing to ensure its safety and efficacy was still ongoing.
But a study published in February in the British medical journal The Lancet said the vaccine appeared safe and highly effective against Covid-19; according to a trial involving about 20,000 people in Russia.
TB Joshua under fire for prophesying that Nigeria won’t break up
“I Can Do Without S3x For Two Years” – Mr Ibu Brags
Top 10 wealthiest cities in Africa
Pop Smoke Was ‘Shot And Killed By A 15-year-old’ – Court Hears
Why I Don’t Have Tattoos On My Body – Mercy Aigbe
Davido gifts first daughter, Imade Range Rover as early birthday gift
Abia Govt laments as gunmen raze police station in fresh attack
South Africa New Marriage Law ‘Allows’ Women To Marry More Than One Man
No plans by FG to slash workers’ salaries, says APC
“Good Mothers Are Hard To Come By” – Alex Ekubo Celebrates His Mother
Nicola Sturgeon says she’ll ‘lead Scotland to independence’
“My Shuga, I Love You Scatter”- Banky W Celebrates Wife Adesua On Monther’s Day
There’s ‘no doubt’ US has ‘UNDERCOUNTED’ its Covid-19 deaths, claims Fauci
1 person dead in shooting at Canada’s Vancouver International Airport, police looking for suspects
“My World” – Davido’s Second Baby Mama Shares Throwback Photos Of Hailey As She Turns 4
Bandits Kill 7 In Fresh Niger State Attack
You Will Hate Me Till Your Last Breath – Oye Kyme Covers Up Her Tattoo Bearing Bobrisky’s Name
You Have Given Me A Gift Of Being My Brother – Leke Adeboye Pens Tribute To His Late Brother
Men With Big Noses Tend To Have Large Penises, Study Suggests
Make Una Come Dash Me Money O, I No Dey Form O – Nkechi Blessing Beg Fans For Vacation Money
Man breaks into zoo to steal monkey for his girlfriend’s birthday, arrested
South African Lawyer Found Dead AT His Apartment
I Embraced My Pain And Turned It Into The World’s Greatest Weapon — Singer, Burna Boy
Moment Father DMW Hurriedly Ended His IG Live Video After He Was Caught With A N£ked Lady During Ramadan
‘Family Is Key’ – BBNaija’s Wathoni Says As She Gifts Her Mum And Dad A Car Each
Family Of Late Baker, Peju Ugboma Accuse Lagos Hospital of Negligence Leading To Her Untimely Death
Paul Okoye amasses 1 million subscribers on YouTube
LadiPoe – Feeling ft. Buju
8 Reasons Dating Isn’t A Waste Of Time Even Though It Feels Like It Sometimes
“I Am Focusing On Being A Rich Wife😇” – Ka3na Jones Troll Ladies Looking For A Rich Husband
Entertainment12 hours ago
“God…This Is Not The Type Of Woman I Want” – Nigerians Shade Lizzy Anjorin For Revealing Too Much Information About Her Pregnancy
Entertainment12 hours ago
Eid-El-Fitr: ‘Limit Your Celebrations’ – Buhari Warn Nigerians As He Bans Sallah Homages Due To COVID
Latest Update12 hours ago
Many Women Want To Have Kids For Me, That’s Why I Don’t Cheat – Mr Ibu
Entertainment16 hours ago
“Please Let Me Join Manchester United” – Harry Kane Beg Tottenham As Red Devils Prepare £90m Club-record Offer
Nation14 hours ago
EU has not yet ordered more AstraZeneca vaccines, says internal market commissioner
Entertainment13 hours ago
RCCG Church Auditorium In Ketu Alapere Guts Fire
Nation17 hours ago
Soyinka blames Buhari’s administration for sowing disunity in Nigeria
Entertainment16 hours ago
#Classy!!! Linda Osifo Is Her Royal Sexiness In Blue