Health official calls on political parties to promote Covid-19 vaccination in election campaign

The billboard of the ruling Georgian Dream party and its candidate Kakha Kaladze in Tbilisi. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 04 Sep 2021 - 13:49, Tbilisi,Georgia

Head of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Amiran Gamkrelidze has called on politicians running for local seats in the October 2 municipal elections to promote coronavirus vaccination in their election campaign. 

The main slogan [of the parties] during the election campaign should be [aimed at encouraging the public] to get vaccinated”, Gamkrelidze has told journalists.

This, Gamkrelidze said, is the ‘path to the country’s economic development, our freedom”, and it is the most important issue today. 

I would have written on the billboards of every politician - let’s go and get vaccinated together - and I would have encouraged all the candidates to publish the photos of their vaccination, as well as to start their [election] meetings by calling on others to get vaccinated”, Gamkrelidze said. 

The election billboard of the Citizen's party addresses acting Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze: "Kakha, the city for visitors starts from the Station Square". Photo: Nino Alavidze/

As of September 4, a total of 1,285,742 people have been vaccinated in Georgia based on the NCDC:

  • 831,256 people have received their first shots
  • 454,486 people have received their both shots

Georgia has reported a total of 2,684 new cases of Covid-19, 2,695 recoveries and 83 deaths over the last 24 hours. 

The election billboard of the United National Movement promotes Nika Meria for Tbilisi mayorship". Photo: Nino Alavidze/

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 stands at 562,627 in Georgia, including 509,181 recoveries, 7,732 deaths and 45,688 active cases.