Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Some Russian teachers fear back-to-school shots of 'Sputnik V' COVID vaccine

First graders attend a ceremony marking the start of the new school year, as schools reopen after the summer break and the lockdown due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Moscow, Russia September 1, 2020. Reuters/Evgenia Novozhenina

By  Olesya Astakhova and Polina Nikolskaya

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A small independent Russian teachers' union is urging members not to be coerced into accepting shots of the "Sputnik V" coronavirus vaccine which is to be mandatory for military personnel.

Moscow clinics last week began receiving supplies of the vaccine, which has been approved for use inside Russia even though the final Phase III tests, involving 40,000 people, began only last Wednesday.

From September, doctors and teachers will be among the first to be offered the jab on a voluntary basis, officials have said, an arrangement President Vladimir Putin has said he supports.  Read more >>