Putin to get COVID shot on Tuesday, months after Russia began vaccination

Russian President Vladimir Putin will get the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with government officials via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 22, 2021. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin made the disclosure at a meeting with government officials today, after coming under heavy criticism for not getting vaccinated which many say has fuelled the hesitation of citizens to get the shot.

At the meeting, Putin said, “Today we can confidently say … that the Russian vaccines are absolutely reliable and safe,” Putin said. “It is an absolute success of our scientists and specialists.”

The Russian-developed Sputnik V is 91 per cent effective against the coronavirus, according to a Lancet study published last year. The vaccine had come under criticism from several quarters for its hasty development and introduction early in the pandemic crisis.

Less than five per cent of Russia’s 146 million people have gotten at least one shot of the vaccine.