Iran announces age requirements for Sinofarm, Covaxin COVID-19 vaccines
TEHRAN, Iran, April. 2
Iranian Ministry of Health has announced the minimum age requirement for people who can receive Sinofarm and Covaxin COVID-19 vaccines, Trend reports via YJC.
The head of the Center for Infectious Diseases Management of the Ministry of Health of Iran, Mahdi Gouya said the minimum age for receiving Sinofarm vaccine is 18 years and older (over 60 years is also allowed).
As for Covaxin, the age requirement is 18-55 years.
“Both of these vaccines are contraindicated during pregnancy,” he added.
Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.
The Islamic Republic of Iran only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19. The pandemic hit a wide range of businesses in Iran since its outbreak in mid-February.
The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019.