Kazakhstan has accelerated the vaccination rate of residents by setting up points in large shopping malls and markets to vaccinate people over 18 years of age. This Central Asian country has only 4,000 deaths due to the coronavirus and is fighting a new round of infections.
Reuters reported that Piotr, a 65-year-old retiree who lives near a shopping mall, decided to be vaccinated, only to join the order.
He said: “After running in the morning, I go to drink coffee, it seems you can get vaccinated there.”
The goal of the authorities is to make the vaccination process as easy as possible. Vaccination centers have been established in several of the largest shopping malls and markets in major cities, allowing tourists to be vaccinated without prior notice, and if there is no order, they can be vaccinated in less than an hour.
The vaccination can be started at 8 o’clock in the morning, and the medical staff said that many people start the vaccination before work. Even the Russian satellite V is given free of charge to foreigners working in the country.
Sergei, a 40-year-old Russian citizen, told Reuters that he was happy when he realized that he could also be vaccinated in Kazakhstan.
He said: “I have been at home for the entire locked time and dare not go out.”
According to the management company of the city’s largest Mega Alma-Ata shopping mall, hundreds of tourists have been vaccinated every day since it opened last weekend. Official data show that the population of the former Soviet Republic, which is rich in oil resources, is 19 million. So far, more than 1 million people have been vaccinated with Sputnik V vaccine. Both doses were given to 108 000 people.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Kazakhstan has been infected with 330,000 infections. The highest daily infection was on April 10, when there were 2,842 new infections. In the country, some restrictive measures are still being implemented, such as online schooling, while shops, cafes and restaurants have opened, and the service industry has seen positive growth since February. The International Monetary Fund raised Kazakhstan’s economic growth prospects from 3% to 3.2 this month, citing that early vaccination is an important factor.