Turkish minister claims three quarters of Turks vaccinated, data shows otherwise

Turkish minister claims three quarters of Turks vaccinated, data shows otherwise

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca claimed that the authorities have fully vaccinated three quarters of people in Turkey against COVID-19. However, calculations using official data show that the figure is far lower.


The country has vaccinated some 46.26 million adults with two doses, according to Health Ministry data. Turkey has a fast-expanding population of around 85 million people, meaning the proportion of fully vaccinated people equates to some 54.4 percent of its citizens. Turks under the age of 18 are not yet included to the country’s inoculation programme.

In the EU, the full inoculation rate among all age groups stands at 63.6 percent, according to ourworldindata.org.

Koca may have been referring to the proportion of adults vaccinated, without specifying that information. In Turkey, there were 60.86 million adults and 22.75 million people under 18 in 2020, according to government data published by the state-run Anadolu news agency. That would mean around 76 percent of adults in Turkey are fully vaccinated.

Turkey registered 28,370 new COVID-19 infections and 196 deaths on Sunday, the Health Ministry said.

Cases climbed above 20,000 daily in late July, reaching the highest levels since April, after the government ended daily curfews and travel restrictions at the start that month. New cases numbered less than 5,000 per day in early July. The number of infections have risen further after schools re-opened last month.





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