Vaccinated and Proud

Egypt’s largest COVID-19 vaccination center receives thousands daily

Dalia Younis
Egypt’s largest COVID-19 vaccination center receives thousands daily
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Mohamed Ragaa
25 October 2021

As the summer vacation of 2021 is approaching, many grandparents can’t wait to spend the longest school holiday with their grandchildren after a tough year.

But with more COVID-19 waves striking the globe, families are still concerned about the safety of their loved elderly ones and are hesitant to take them to the beach, social gatherings and other activities that they’ve been deprived from for being the most affected by the deadly virus.

There is, though, light at the end of the tunnel: the vaccination.

Following the global strategy, Egypt is prioritizing senior citizens right after healthcare frontliners in taking the vaccines. In this photo essay, we meet with Egyptians who are taking their first dose at the country’s largest vaccination center among the 408 sites across the country: Cairo’s Nasr City COVID-19 Vaccination Center.

Egypt’s largest COVID-19 vaccination center receives thousands daily
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Mohamed Ragaa
This is the medical team who got Ms. Rehab vaccinated today. The center is organized in 96 clinics, where 3 persons are swiftly handling every patient who comes to receive the vaccine. First, an administration officer records the personal information and check eligibility. Second, a doctor discusses with the patient his or her medical history to choose the vaccine to be administered. Third, a nurse who gives the vaccine doses. The whole process takes around 10 minutes.
Egypt’s largest COVID-19 vaccination center receives thousands daily
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Mohamed Ragaa
Amal, one of the vaccinated ladies on that day, describes her experience in getting the first dose today: “I showed them the SMS once I arrived, they gave me a number and I went straight to a clinic. It took me few minutes to take the vaccine from the moment I arrived.” When asked about her motivation to take the vaccine, she answered: “To protect others before myself.”
Egypt’s largest COVID-19 vaccination center receives thousands daily
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Mohamed Ragaa
For captain Mostafa Younis, former football player at Al-Ahly club who came to take his first dose at the center, vaccination is a patriotic duty: “The government is burned enough with treating COVID-19 patients. It’s everybody’s responsibility to get vaccinated and lift off some of the government’s burden.”
Egypt’s largest COVID-19 vaccination center receives thousands daily
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Mohamed Ragaa
Magdy didn’t have to wait for too long for his dose as the center has the capacity to vaccinate around 6,000 people daily.
Egypt’s largest COVID-19 vaccination center receives thousands daily
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Mohamed Ragaa
Sahar came for her first dose today. Her husband, who already got his first dose, came for support. Currently, Egypt’s vaccination capacity is 30,000 vaccinations per day.
Egypt’s largest COVID-19 vaccination center receives thousands daily
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Mohamed Ragaa
Faten is answering the doctor’s questions regarding her medical history. Few minutes from now, she will be among 2,3 million people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Egypt, including Egyptians and non-Egyptians.