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Which countries have rolled out Covid-19 vaccination?

The vaccination started on December 8, with the UK becoming the first to administer vaccines to its citizens

Update : 25 Dec 2020, 02:20 PM

To combat the Covid-19 pandemic that has killed more than 1.74 million people across the world in nearly a year, mass vaccination programs have started in several countries. 

The United Kingdom was the first country to start administering its citizens with a fully trialled and tested Covid-19 vaccine. 

Till now, the following countries have rolled out their Covid-19 vaccination program, according to Al Jazeera:

United Kingdom

On December 8, Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old, became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine outside of a trial.

However, a new and more contagious strain of the coronavirus has made the UK to impose a tough lockdown.

United Arab Emirates

On December 14, vaccination started in UAE capital Abu Dhabi for its residents.

The oil-rich Gulf state has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech and Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccines for mass use.

United States

On December 14, the US also started administering the Pfizer vaccine, with a critical care nurse in New York City, Sandra Lindsay, becoming the first American to receive it.

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The Pfizer-BioNTech has been administered to more than a million people since the program began and the US authorities have approved a second vaccine made by Moderna.


Canada started Covid-19 vaccination on the same day as the US, with an 89-year-old woman from Quebec receiving the Pfizer vaccine.

The North American country, along with the neighbouring US, has also approved the Moderna vaccine for its mass immunization program.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, the worst-affected country on the Arabian Peninsula with more than 360,000 recorded cases, including 6,148 deaths, began its campaign with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 17.


The vaccination in Israel started with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receiving the vaccine jab on December 19.

Netanyahu, 71, and his health minister were injected with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine live on TV at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv.


On December 22, Qatar launched a free coronavirus vaccination campaign after the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in the Gulf state.

The vaccine will be administered in two doses, three weeks apart at seven primary health centres across the country.

Qatar has also signed deals to acquire Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.


Mexico started its mass vaccination program on December 24, with a nurse being the first to receive the jab in the country with one of the world’s highest Covid-19 death tolls.

The televised launch came a day after the first 3,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine arrived by a courier plane from Belgium.


The Balkan nation started its vaccine roll-out on December 24, with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic becoming the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine.


Kuwait also began its coronavirus vaccination campaign on December 24.

The country received the first 150,000 doses of the vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.


On December 24, Chile became the second Latin American nation after Mexico to start its inoculation program.

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Zulema Riquelme, a 42-year-old nurse, got the first jab in the presence of President Sebastian Pinera.


The Russian government says it has been inoculating its citizens since September with its Sputnik V vaccine.

On August 13, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine.

However, the approval for use was given without the country completing its phase-three trial, raising questions from world health organizations and scientists.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica received its first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses on December 23, and the country administered the first shot on December 24 to a wheelchair-bound, 91-year-old nursing home resident, Elizabeth Castillo.

“I am very grateful to God, because I have asked so much of him. My life is very important to me, so take advantage of every moment,” Castillo said.

Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada said the vaccinations “may be the beginning of the end of this pandemic.”

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