"The Russian Ministry of Health has allowed the simultaneous vaccination against covid and influenza," RIA Novosti quotes the press service of the Ministry of Health.

The ministry clarified that with the simultaneous vaccination against coronavirus and influenza, drugs should be injected into different parts of the body, "for example, in the left and right shoulder."

It is noted that changes were made to the instructions for medical use of the Sputnik V vaccine.

The ministry said that the interaction of "Sputnik V" with the influenza vaccine has been studied in preclinical studies.

It was found that the simultaneous administration of these vaccines does not decrease their immunogenicity.

Earlier, Sylvie Briand, Director of the Department for Global Preparedness for Highly Dangerous Infections of the World Health Organization, said that several studies have shown the safety of simultaneous vaccination against coronavirus and influenza.

Head of the Center.

Gamalei Alexander Gintsburg said that the technological platform for a unified vaccine against COVID-19 and influenza was created in Russia, and clinical trials of the drug should begin at the end of 2022.