Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday got the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Anadolu News Agency.
Arriving at Ankara City Hospital, Erdogan received the first dose of China's CoronaVac vaccine. "I got vaccinated as well," Erdogan said on the Telegram social network.
"I believe that especially if all political leaders, MPs encourage the [application of] the COVID-19 vaccine, it will be right [decision]," he told reporters.
Erdogan added that members of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s Central Decision and Executive Board were also vaccinated along with him.
Extending his condolences over fatalities due to COVID-19, Erdogan also wished Allah's mercy for those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to patients who are under treatment at hospitals.
He also said that so far over 250,000 healthcare workers got vaccinated against the virus across the country.
Underlying healthcare workers' efforts on the frontline, Erdogan hailed their fight against the disease.
Turkey has seen 2,355,839 coronavirus cases since the outbreak, 23,325 deaths, and 2,227,927 recoveries.