Putin gets his second COVID-19 jab

Putin gets his second COVID-19 jab

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that he has received his second COVID-19 vaccine dose.

"Just now <...> I have received the second jab," Putin told the Russian Geographical Society’s board meeting on Wednesday. "I hope everything will be fine," Putin said. "I do not just hope, I’m sure about this."

Putin hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic will recede soon, in particular due to the vaccination drive. "I hope that the pandemic will die down soon, namely due to the vaccination that we actively promote," TASS cited the Russian leader as saying.

Putin commended the Russian Geographical Society for holding summer meetings in various regions. He added that "it was hard to do this during the pandemic, practically impossible."

The Russian president received the first vaccine dose on March 23. Details of the jab were not revealed. The president and his representatives explained that all three Russian vaccines were effective and safe.

The head of state said after the first jab he felt fine and only felt a little discomfort in his left shoulder for a couple of days. He announced plans to get vaccinated in late March.