Egyptian Ministry of Health spokesperson Khaled Megahed confirmed that within the first 12 hours of the ministry’s vaccine registration portal opening, 45,000 citizens were registered.
Megahed added, during a Sunday evening telephone interview with “Cairo Talk” program’s Khairy Ramadan and Karima Awad that the total number was up to 68,000.
Some offices in hospitals have been allocated to record data of registrants, he said, explaining that those unable to register on the website can call 15335.
According to Megahed, anyone (including non-Egyptians) over the age of 18 with a chronic illness, and all folks over 65 are entitled to register for the vaccine.
He explained that requests are reviewed within 72 hours of their submission, and registrants can follow up regarding when and where to get their first dose through the website.
There are currently 40 medical centers set up to administer the vaccine, Megahed said.
Egypt’s Health Ministry on Sunday confirmed 595 new coronavirus cases and 49 deaths.
The country has now reported a total of 182,424 cases, 140,892 recovered cases, and 10,688 deaths.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm