- Title: Montenegro's seniors receive COVID jabs as mass vaccination starts
- Date: 8th March 2021
- Summary: PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO (MARCH 8, 2021) (REUTERS) MEDICAL WORKER VACCINATING MAN PEOPLE WALKING IN VACCINATION CENTRE MEDICAL WORKER VACCINATING WOMAN MEDICAL WORKER TAKING VACCINE BOX OUT OF THE FREEZER WORKER FILLING SYRINGE WITH VACCINE MEDICAL WORKER VACCINATING MAN (SOUNDBITE) (Montenegrin) MAN WHO RECEIVED VACCINATION, BOBO VUKCEVIC, SAYING: "All citizens should respond and get the vaccine voluntarily." MEDICAL WORKER VACCINATING MAN (SOUNDBITE) (Montenegrin) WOMAN WHO RECEIVED VACCINATION, MILICA BAJIC, SAYING: "It went excellently. I was afraid, but thanks to the staff and their soft touch, everything went great for me. It didn't hurt at all, and I recommend everyone to get the vaccine shot that I got today." MEDICAL WORKER FILLING SYRINGE MEDICAL WORKER VACCINATING MAN (SOUNDBITE) (Montenegrin) WOMAN WHO RECEIVED VACCINATION, DRINKA SAVELJIC, SAYING: "I recommend everyone to come. I could hardly wait for them to call me to get the vaccine." PEOPLE IN WAITING ROOM
- Embargoed: 22nd March 2021 16:15
- Keywords: COVID-19 Coronavius pandemic Elderly Montenegro Seniors Vaccine health
- Location: PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO
- City: PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO
- Country: Montenegro
- Topics: Europe,Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001E3848JD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Montenegro started its mass inoculation program against COVID-19 in the capital Podgorica with citizens aged over 80 on Monday (March 8).
People who received Russia's Sputnik V and China's Sinopharm jabs at one centre said they were happy to be vaccinated and recommended others take part in the national effort.
One woman at the centre, Drinka Saveljic, said she had been greatly anticipating the chance to get a vaccine. "I could hardly wait for them to call me" she said.
So far a little over 2,400 shots against COVID-19, mostly among health workers using supplies of Sputnik V donated by Serbia, have been given in Montenegro.
The country, which has a population of around 600,000, has recently seen infection rates similar to the record number of cases last November.
It currently has around 42,000 doses available, mostly of Sputnik V and Sinopharm, with a first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines expected soon. The country currently expects to get a total of 300,000 doses of the vaccines.
There have been 80,191 infections and 1,085 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.
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