New Delhi: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has decided to receive the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a Russian state TV channel on Sunday, reported news agency Reuters.Also Read - 'The Trigger' That Causes Blood Clots After AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine Found. Details Here

“He said he will be vaccinated, he made this decision and was waiting until all formalities are completed,” the spokesman was quoted as saying to Rossiya 1 TV Channel on its website. Also Read - Will Develop Booster Shot For New Covid Variant 'Omicron', Says Moderna

Russia launched a voluntary vaccination programme with the Russia-made Sputnik V vaccine earlier in December, starting with the most vulnerable groups in Moscow. Also Read - Russian President Vladimir Putin to Visit New Delhi on December 6 For 21st India-Russia Annual Summit

People over the age of 60 may begin to apply for shots on Monday, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on his website on Sunday, the day after the Russian health ministry said the vaccine was approved for use by elderly people after a separate trial.

Putin, 68, said earlier that the Russian vaccine was effective and safe and he saw no reason not to be vaccinated, adding that he was waiting for it to become available.

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in Russia, Putin has mainly worked remotely, held meetings via videolink and limited travel.

He said in August that one of his daughters had taken part in the clinical trial of the vaccine and felt well afterwards.