Minister Koca: 81% of cases are not fully vaccinated

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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.

In the 2021-2022 school year, we sent 650 million TL to our schools to prepare our schools for this process. We have made all kinds of preparations from the mask to the disinfectant. We have completed the assignment of 113,000 cleaning staff to our 58,000 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.


After the statements, Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca answered questions from journalists.

“In the new period, our cases now belong to the young age group,” Koca said, “The density of cases has decreased to 15-45 years old. We know that the vaccine also prevents transmission to some extent. therefore, we need to increase our vaccination rate day by day. ” made the statement.

In addition, Minister Koca recalled that vaccination appointments were open for children aged 12 and over with chronic diseases, and declared: “Optional vaccination can be done from 12 years old and over. 15 years old.

Giving information on the reasons why the Sputnik V vaccine was not used, Koca said: “You know that the first and second vaccine doses are not the same in Sputnik V. That is why we are trying hard to get both a and a second dose of vaccine. At this time, there is no negativity about the results of the tests done on the vaccines. “Our work with a local company has reached a certain point, but it has not yet reached the stage of production. But I don’t think the process will take too long, ”he said.


Stating that he wanted more vaccines to be produced in Turkey, Koca said, “We have discussed investment and technology transfer with China for the Sinovac vaccine, they said it wouldn’t take long.”

Assessing the growing number of cases, Koca said, “A third dose is needed for Sinovac. Studies in Israel show that a booster dose is needed after 7-8 months in the mRNA vaccine.


Minister Koca said the following in his speech:

The number of people vaccinated is 35 million. The workload for these people is 13 percent and the hospital burden is 10 percent.

We have no testing requirement for shopping malls, restaurants and cafes. In the coming period, I think the epidemic will gradually disappear from the agenda of our country with the vaccination rate.

With the exception of Germany, there is no country in Europe that currently manufactures more vaccines than we do, and I don’t think it will.

The single-dose vaccination rate among teachers has exceeded 88 percent.

There has not been and there will be no problem of recognition of the vaccine abroad.

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