Putin Says He Will Get Vaccinated Against Coronavirus On March 23
March 22, 2021 15:32 GMT – By RFE/RL’s Russian Service
Russian Vladimir Putin has said that he will get vaccinated against coronavirus on March 23.
“Vaccination, of course, is a voluntary decision for every person. It is every person’s personal decision,” Putin said at a televised government meeting on March 22 about Russian vaccines against COVID-19.
“By the way I plan to do this tomorrow,” he added.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said later that Putin will get “one of the three Russian-made vaccines, each of which is good and reliable.”
Peskov added that Putin’s vaccination will not be a public event.
Putin said it was vital to ramp up production of vaccines for domestic use. So far, some 4.3 million people in Russia have received both doses of a two-shot vaccine.
Russia has developed three COVID-19 vaccines — Sputnik V by the Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow; EpiVacCorona, produced by the Vector Institute in Novosibirsk; and CoviVac, from the Chumakov Center in St. Petersburg.