Turkey’s Kurdish majority provinces lagging in COVID-19 vaccination

The residents of 10 provinces located in the Kurdish majority east and southeast of Turkey are receiving fewer COVID-19 vaccinations than the rest of the country, T24 news site reported on Saturday.

Kurdish-majority provinces are up to three percentage points behind the rest of the country in terms of receiving the vaccination for the deadly virus, T24 said, citing the Health Ministry.

While the average vaccination rate is 4.01 percent in Turkey’s cities, the province of Hakkari registered a 1.27 percent vaccination rate, followed by Ağrı with 1.34 percent, Şırnak with 1.46 percent, Siirt with 1.67 percent.

The province of Şanlıurfa measured a 1.76 percent vaccination rate while, Mardin and Muş both registered 1.77 percent.

In the southeastern province of Diyarbakır 2.64 percent of the population have gotten the vaccine.

In Turkey's most populous city of Istanbul, only 3.63 percent of the city population has been vaccinated so far, T24 said.

Turkey began a mass vaccination of health workers against COVID-19 on Jan. 14, after the authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine. Over 2.5 million people in the country of some 83 million people have been vaccinated to date.

T24 shared a map of vaccination campaign based on the official figures for daily vaccination announced by the Ministry of Health.