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Repeat coronavirus vaccination after 6 months, says Russian health minister

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“During the period of the epidemic’s rise, both those who were sick and those who were vaccinated over six months ago will need to be revaccinated,” Murashko said in an interview on state television.   Murashko said the one-dose version of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, Sputnik Light, will be available for those who wish to revaccinate from June 25. 

Once the current surge in infections subsides, people will only need to vaccinate against Covid-19 once per year, he said.  Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin last week spoke about the need for re-vaccination and said he himself was vaccinated a second time one year after his first vaccination.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that revaccinating Russia’s population against Covid-19 is “inevitable” and Moscow authorities said they are now working on rolling out a citywide revaccination campaign.  Only about 13% of Russia’s population has been vaccinated since it launched mass vaccination in January.

A number of Russian regions including Moscow have ordered mandatory vaccination for certain categories of the population.  Murashko also called for farther-reaching coronavirus in large cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg due to the sharp increase in new cases.

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