The enthusiasm of those getting vaccinated on Sunday filling social media with photos appears to have encouraged more people to register. That is in addition to the reassuring report of no complications recorded among those who got inoculated against the COVID-19.
According to new official reports of the vaccination registration platform, around 535,000 individuals have registered, which is a significant increase in number since the start of February with the platform recording only 174,000 registrations.
A few days before the launching of the vaccination rollout, only 4.5% of the population had registered, according to Dr. Firass Abiad, which is about 300,000 people.
Health workers made their own public campaign during their vaccination on Sunday, posting their photos on social media and calling on the public to get their vaccine in order to stop the pandemic.
The boost in the number of registrations, while deemed low when taking into consideration Lebanon’s population of 6 million, is still very encouraging as the rise occurred in a matter of two days, and is expected to continue rising.
Adding that Lebanon has only received 28,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine as the first batch, when it needs to inoculate as a priority about 55,000 health workers, in addition to the senior citizens.
Meanwhile, the country has registered 55 new coronavirus-related deaths and 2,723 more cases on Tuesday, as Lebanon expects more vaccine shipments to arrive in the coming weeks.