The Minister of Health Khalid Aït Taleb urged, on Wednesday, citizens to be vaccinated in order to stem the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, in a context marked by an epidemiological situation which is still worsening.

In a statement to the press, Aït Taleb underlined the sharp increase in cases of contamination, in particular serious or critical cases admitted to intensive care units, noting that people admitted to these units are part of the category of age over 50 who were supposed to be already vaccinated.

Patients over 50 admitted to intensive care units are also vulnerable people, who present several co-morbid factors, including a large number of diabetic patients, noted Aït Taleb. “Unfortunately, these people have not been vaccinated for multiple reasons, including the choice of the type of vaccine,” said the minister, explaining that all vaccines give the same results, namely immunity against severe forms of disease.

Other citizens have not been vaccinated because they were reluctant to the operation and waited to see the results of the mass vaccination, noted the minister, stressing that the vaccination is a chance of protection that many citizens have unfortunately missed. “All countries are not in the same situation as the Kingdom:  King Mohammed VI has given an extraordinary impetus so that Moroccans can have a chance to be vaccinated,” he said, calling on the citizens to seize this huge opportunity.

In addition to the protection that vaccination will offer to the individual and his family circle, it will allow him to benefit from the vaccination passport, for more freedom and mobility, emphasized Aït Taleb. Those who have not yet benefited from the vaccination must go quickly to get vaccinated in the closest centers to their places of residence, he insisted, recalling that these centers will be open Thursday and Friday so that the population can benefit from the vaccination operation.