LAST MINUTE: Statement after the meeting of the Scientific Committee

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The Coronavirus Scientific Council met today under the chairmanship of Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca, with the participation of Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer and YÖK President Erol Özvar.

After the meeting, Minister Koca, YÖK President Özvar and Minister Özer hold a press conference.

Minister of Health MariHighlights of comments from:

I told you that “the light at the end of the tunnel appeared” when our vaccination program began. I can say “Today the exit of the tunnel is visible”. I indicated that the increase in the number of cases over the past 4 weeks was mainly due to unvaccinated people.


To date, 81% of our active cases are people who have not been fully vaccinated. In other words, 81 percent of our nearly 500,000 cases are people who are not fully immunized. 90% of hospitalized patients are not vaccinated. 90 percent of our deceased citizens have never been vaccinated or have been vaccinated.

The double dose vaccination rate exceeded 60%. All our efforts are to offer face-to-face training and to ensure its continuity. The question can be asked if children are infected at school. If we think about it, we must first comply with the measures ourselves.

The words of Minister Koca after his statements Ozer, Minister of National EducationHe let him do it. Özer’s statements are as follows:

We have made decisions that prioritize health in order to be the least affected by the epidemic. We have sent the guide to measures to be taken in schools to all governorates.

We have completed the mission of 113,000 cleaners to approximately 58,000 schools in our 81 provinces. We have both the power and the financial resources to do the necessary cleanup in schools.

The little ones have started school, the two day process has ended successfully, I would like to appeal again to all of our parents, teachers and staff that our schools will never be closed again. Thank you for scrupulously respecting the rules that we have established. Let’s no longer face the problem of closing our schools.

Continuing his statements after Minister Özer, Fahrettin Koca said: “The scientific committee does not want to put the closure of schools on its agenda in the new period. The epidemic will not be a reason for the closure of schools in the new period. Because there is now a vaccine. “


After the ministers Erol Özvar, President of YÖKHe made statements in Ozvar said:

Universities have succeeded in continuing to teach in this epidemic environment. We have decided to continue face-to-face teaching during the 2021-2022 academic year. Since the decision of our universities for face-to-face teaching, each of our universities has taken the necessary measures with its own councils and senates to allow and maintain this face-to-face teaching.

We conducted a guide study for all universities on both the rules to be applied in campus environments and the teaching-teaching processes. We shared the guide prepared with the Ministry of Health and the Scientific Committee with the universities.


All the necessary precautions have been taken on the campuses. We have decided that so-called mixed teaching methods can be used by universities. Our universities will be able to benefit from these hybrid or mixed education models to ensure that education is not disrupted during the epidemic. Our universities have the power to use each of these models. In addition to providing face-to-face education with a blended or hybrid model, our universities have the power to do 40 percent of the courses online. Each of our universities has carried out the necessary studies on this subject.

Our universities have now determined which courses they will take face-to-face and which online courses, and have shared them with the public.

My request to our comrades and future colleagues who will receive face-to-face training in our universities is to get vaccinated. In this regard, the decisions that our Department of Health has to make are extremely important.

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you that education can continue without interruption in accordance with the flexible decisions we have taken regarding education and training in the new period.

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