Over 20% of Iraqis vaccinated

Kirkuk, November 23, 2021: Security forces ban people without vaccination cards from entering Kikuk office of state-run food distribution company. KirkukNow

By KirkukNow

As the turnout is higher day after day for Covid-19 vaccination, about 8,5 million Iraqis received coronavirus vaccines, equivalent to 20,5% of the total population, according to the latest statistics of the Iraqi ministry of health.

On December 27, the ministry of health published a new statistic on the number of the vaccinated in all provinces, in which it was found that the rate of receiving the vaccine during the past month increased 2.5% only.

A month ago, only 7,4 million people received the vaccine as of November 28, equivalent to almost 18% compared to 14% in October according to the figures of the Central Statistics Agency of the Iraqi Ministry of Planning which estimated total population at 41 million.


As of December 27, about 344,000 people out of a total of 1,7 million residents of the province had received coronavirus vaccines, which represents 20%, compared to 17.8% in November and 14% in October.

The administration of Kirkuk issued a circular to all its departments to deny access to the unvaccinated to all government departments including schools and universities, a restriction aimed at curbing the spread of the Corona virus, extensively effective in government departments since the beginning of this week.

Kirkuk health department launched a campaign to vaccinate visitors of state premises and students at schools via mobile teams which was criticized following death of a student 2 days after he received the vaccine.

On November 27th, Mustafa Adnan Khalaf, student of grade 12 in Daquq high school passed away. He has received Covid vaccination with classmates on November 25th. Kirkuk health department said the ministry of health in cooperation with a team from World Health Organization WHO to investigate the case.


In Ninewa, about 654,000 people took the vaccine out of a total of four million people, making 16% after the percentage of vaccinated people stopped at 14.2 percent last month.

Iraq has joined the inoculation race back in March by receiving batches through COVAX, COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, which is a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.


In Diyala province, 403,000 people received anti-Corona vaccines out of a total of 1,77 million, equivalent to 22.7% of the residents compared to 16.3% in November.


About 400,000 people out of 1.7 million, equivalent to 23% took Covid-19 vaccine while the percentage was 20% last month.

The increase in the proportion of people vaccinated against the Corona virus during comes after that the Iraqi government stipulated in June 2021 based on the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and with the aim of creating immunity against Corona, taking the vaccine or conducting a Corona examination on a weekly basis for civil servants, teachers and students though the procedure came into force intensively since October.

In Erbil Governorate, 353,000 people have been vaccinated out of two million residents, at a rate of 17%, while the number of vaccinated people in the Sulaymaniyah Governorate reached 300,000 out of 2.3 million meaning that the rate of those who received the vaccine is only 12.6%.

In Baghdad province, two million were vaccinated out of 8.8 million which constitutes 23.4% of its population.

Basra in the shouth has recorded the highest percentage of vaccinated among the eight province KirkukNow monitored, as the percentage in Basra reached 28% of the its population.

The administrative departments in Iraqi provinces, with the exception of the Kurdistan Region, circulated a decision to all government departments and educational premises, which asks to show vaccination card or a PCR test for all civil servants, visitors of state departments, students and teachers.

On August 22, 2021, the acting governor of Kirkuk, Rakan Saeed al-Jibouri, sent out an admin order to all government departments in Kirkuk, requiring the employees and visitors to present Covid vaccination card, starting from September 1st.

The letter clearly states that any one refrains from taking the Corona vaccine has to present Corona examination test that proves that he is not infected.

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