“We have administrated 456,000 vaccines today,” Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter, citing his previous tweet, which said some 448,000 people had vaccination appointments for Sunday.
“There is a vaccine, there is time. We couldn’t turn 8,000 people away just because they didn’t have an appointment,” he added.
Turkey has also lowered the vaccine eligibility age to 40, Koca announced.
Turkey has administered over 33.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in mid-January, including first doses to nearly one-fourth of the country’s population of some 83.6 million, the Health Ministry announced Sunday.
More than 20 million people have gotten their first doses, while nearly 13.7 million have been fully vaccinated, according to ministry data.
During the last week, over 3 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in Turkey.
Hurriyet Daily News