A medical worker from a mobile vaccination team packs boxes of the Chinese Sinovac Coronavac vaccine into a temperature controlled transportation case ahead of a house call house in Istanbul, Turkey
Vaccine status: First dose in February Cost of vaccine: FreeThe process: Sinha managed the process for her health workers directly with the government as medical frontline workers were first in the vaccination priority list.Status of vaccination programme: To date, the government has been vaccinating its population with Covishield, but it is expecting to launch Sinopharm (a Chinese Covid-19 vaccine) and Sputnik in limited quantities. According to Sinha, fewer than 5.5 million Bangladeshis have been vaccinated and she believes at the current rate, only 10 percent of the country will be vaccinated by year-end.Share of citizens who have received at least one dose (as of May 17*): 3.5 percentStatus of Covid-19 in that city/country: Bangladesh had 45,709 active cases as of May 18; to date, it has recorded total cases of 7.82 lakh. Dhaka is under limited lockdown. *Source: Our World in Data
Vaccine status: First dose on May 7 Cost of vaccine: FreeThe process: “It’s an online process that is not an easy system to navigate (maybe because we are not native French speaking!). We registered for Pfizer before-hand,” says Foster.Status of vaccination programme: Vaccination has been a slow process in France and now it is open for people aged above 55. Those over 50 with a comorbidity (certified by a doctor’s note), people of any age with one of the high-risk conditions listed by the government and workers in certain high-risk professions can get vaccinated.Share of citizens who have received at least one dose (as of May 16*): 30.1 percentStatus of Covid-19: As of May 17, France had 18.11 lakh active cases and the country was under lockdown conditions. Movement restrictions were lifted on May 3. In April, people were allowed to travel 10 km from home and only for essential journeys. If one needed to travel more than 10 km, they had to fill an ‘attestation’ form, stating the essential reasons (medical treatment, travelling for business or work etc). All restaurants, bars, cafes, non-essential retail, all entertainment, sports grounds, gyms are closed. Some more restrictions will be lifted on May 19, but not all.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Vaccine status: Not taken; will be vaccinated by end of May as per schedule, given his age and professionCost of vaccine: FreeThe process: As of May 18, 321,502 first doses have been administered in New Zealand apart from 152,933 second doses. Prabhu says the ministry of health contacts people when they are scheduled to get inoculated. Share of citizens who have received at least one dose (as of May 11*): 5.6 percentStatus of Covid-19: Prabhu says currently they are not in lockdown; life is normal with everyone working from office. During the last weekend of April, Auckland hosted a music concert with 50,000 people in attendance. As of May 17, New Zealand had 19 active cases in the country.
NEWARK, UNITED STATES
Vaccine status: Single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine in AprilCost of vaccine: FreeThe process: There is a dedicated link to register and book the vaccine appointment. Once the online registration is done, on the day of vaccination, one has to get verified with a photo identity card before getting inoculated at a vaccination booth. After vaccination, people have to wait for 15 minutes for ‘observation’ in a different room.Share of citizens who have received at least one dose (as of May 17*): 36.8 percentStatus of Covid-19: Delaware did not see any strict lockdown restrictions. Things are mostly open with strict rules of wearing masks, ensuring proper sanitisation and maintaining a distance of six feet. Offices are expected to start with nearly 50 percent capacity from July 2021. Outside gatherings are restricted to 10 in a group.
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)
Vaccine Status: Sinopharm in FebruaryCost of vaccine: FreeThe process: Vaccines were easily available… we got ours through corporate booking where nearly 800 people were vaccinated in five hours. Dubai has allowed other vaccines to be used from March, including Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sputnik V. After vaccinating its health care and frontline workers in the first round, it opened up the process for the elderly, people with families and then bachelors.Share of citizens who have received at least one dose (as of May 17#): 58.8 percentStatus of Covid-19: On May 17, Dubai relaxed its restrictions and allowed hotels to operate in full capacity apart from allowing concerts and sports events which can be attended only by those who are vaccinated. The UAE previously allowed get-togethers with less than 30 people who had tested ‘negative’ after an RT-PCR test. According to Worldometer, the UAE has 18,275 active cases as on May 17.# Reuters data
Vaccine status: Not taken; planning to get vaccinated in 2-3 weeks. He’s contemplating which vaccine will be helpful when it comes to a vaccine passport.Cost of vaccine: FreeThe process: Anyone aged above 16 can get vaccinated, with the government pushing people to get inoculated on priority. There are two vaccines to choose from: BioNTech and Sinovac. Frontline workers were earlier given priority, but now people can sign up online and show up at the designated vaccination centres.Share of citizens who have received at least one dose (as of May 17*):15.8 percentStatus of Covid-19: As of May 18, Hong Kong has 82 active cases and while the state never went under strict lockdown, it has restrictions on dining hours of 10 pm. From May, bars have been allowed to open, but there is a debate on whether a restaurant/entertainment venue/bar can be open till midnight or 2 am, depending on the vaccination status of its employees and clients.
Vaccine status: Not taken; at the moment, people aged above 55 and their spouses, those with co-morbidity, health care workers, tourism professionals are being vaccinated. “My number will probably come by the end of the year as I am in my 30s,” says the engineer.Cost of vaccine: FreeThe process: People are calling the call centre of the government health system and checking their status online. The country is administering Pfizer-BioNTech (as the founders of BioNTech are Turkish), Sinovac and Sputnik V.Share of citizens who have received at least one dose (as of May 17*): 17.8 percentStatus of Covid-19: Turkey announced a curfew from April 29 to May 17. There are strict restrictions on when people can go out to buy groceries and essentials. The country had 6.08 lakh active cases as of May 17. (This is the first part of the series. In the second part tomorrow, Forbes India speaks to citizens from China, Singapore, Germany, Netherland Antilles [Sint Maarten], Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom)