Update on Russia Announces Plans to Vaccinate Citizens Against COVID Every Year

Russian health officials told a government meeting on Tuesday that new plans to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia include vaccinating citizens against the virus every year as part of a herd immunity tactic.

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said the ministry issued guidelines to deal with the “unfavorable epidemiological situation in Russia” by allowing those who contracted COVID-19 to receive a vaccination six months after they recovered, and booster shots for people who had already received the vaccination six months after their first dose.

Murashko said the plans to handle the recent surge of infections and deaths from the virus in Russia were through “achieving herd immunity and stabilization,” after which “vaccination (against the coronavirus) will be carried out once a year.”