Iran imposes strict COVID rules to ensure health safety at polling stations
The Iranian health ministry has ensured the public about the safety of polling stations against the coronavirus during the June 18 presidential and council elections.
Deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi said on Thursday that strict hygiene regulations will be enforced at more than 10,000 polling stations across Iran that would accommodate the votes on a weekend holiday on Friday.
Harirchi said a hygiene supervisor would be present at every polling station to ensure coronavirus safety protocols are properly observed.
The official said that using ink stamp pads and some other devices will be removed from the entire voting process for a first time in Iran to minimize the risk of infection through contact.
He said voting staff and supervisors will be required to enforce distancing measures among the voters.
“The Ministry ... is ready to strictly monitor and control how hygiene protocols are observed at the polling constituencies across the entire country,” Harirchi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA agency.
Iran's Health Minister, Saeed Namaki, announced on Monday that the COVIRAN/ Barekat Coronavirus vaccine, had received approval for public inoculations.
“A legal Commission gave approval to the backup vaccine for emergency use. The Barekat complex can now distribute the vaccines it produced, God willing, the vaccine will be added to the national vaccination programme as of next week,“ Namaki said in a statement.
He said that Iran had gone through nearly a year of intensive work to join the Club of countries with the capacity to scale up production for Coronavirus vaccines.
Separately, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (RCS) on Thursday took delivery of one million doses of coronavirus vaccines amid a reported shortage in supplies that has caused delays to giving second shots to the elderly.