Ella Pamfilova, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC), said on Wednesday, August 11, that more than 50% of election officials across the country were vaccinated against coronavirus.
“How is the vaccination going: we have managed to step over the 50 percent barrier so far. Slightly more than 50% of our members of the commissions have been vaccinated on average in Russia, ”she said at a meeting of the CEC.
According to her, in some regions, more than 70% of the employees of election commissions have been vaccinated, and in a number of regions, only 30% of the members of election commissions have been vaccinated.
Earlier, on July 20, the chief physician of hospital No. 40 in Kommunarka, Denis Protsenko, appealed to the participants of the election campaign with an appeal to be vaccinated.
In turn, the Secretary of the General Council of United Russia, Andrei Turchak, noted that the elections this year are being held in unusual conditions against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, mass events within the framework of the election campaign should be reduced to a minimum or transferred to an online format.
On July 16, Pamfilova said that all CEC members either suffered from COVID-19 or were vaccinated. According to her, 74% of employees are currently vaccinated in the staff of the commission. She added that she herself had already been revaccinated against the coronavirus.
Elections to the State Duma of the VIII convocation will be held from 17 to 19 September. The Duma is elected for five years under a mixed electoral system: 225 deputies are elected from party lists, another 225 – from single-mandate constituencies in one round.
Large-scale vaccination against COVID-19 has been taking place in Russia since January 18. The vaccination is given free of charge to everyone. At the moment, four drugs for coronavirus are registered in the country: Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona and KoviVak.
All relevant information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites stopcoronavirus.rf and access to all.rf, as well as the hashtag #WeWe areTogether. Coronavirus hotline: 8 (800) 2000-112.