Russia must speed up vaccinesations against Covid-19, Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated on Tuesday that the country is recording its highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic. Addressing newly elected lawmakers in the State Duma - the lower parliament of the Russia home - Putin urged MPs in the Kremlin to convince the Russian public to get vaccinated as the situation continues to worsen in the vast country. You know that the number of infections is increasing in many areas and that medical specialists are working under difficult conditions. We are all well aware that vaccination can save us from the virus and from a severe course of the disease. It is necessary to intensify the ion rhythm vaccination , said Putin. Read more pread I would like to ask you to be more active in this work, educate people and speak in the media. People trust and listen to your advice and recommendations. It is very important to do this without a tone of administrative reprimand. We must work with perseverance and patience with people and explain to them the benefits of preventing this dangerous disease, Putin added. Russia has fallen behind much of the world when it comes to the vaccination of its population, despite being the first country in the world to approve a vaccine against the coronavirus, Sputnik V , for use in August 2020. Putin's directive came on the same day that Russia has recorded 973 deaths in recent 24 hours - the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the country since the start of the pandemic. Russia hasnow recorded more than 900 deaths per day for seven days in a row. In total, Russia has officially registered 218,345 deaths from the coronavirus according to the country's coronavirus task force, the highest number of deaths in Europe. Russia reports worst single-day Covid-19 death toll since start of pandemic The actual death toll could be even higher due to the way Russia classifies coronavirus deaths. Rosstat, the Russian statistics agency, records coronavirus-related deaths where the virus was not the sole or leading cause of death, but the Russian Coronavirus Task Force does not include those in the official death toll. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, who is in charge of the country's response to the coronavirus, said at a televised government meeting on Friday that 47.8 million Russians have received their first vaccine and only 42.4 million have been fully vaccinated in a country of around 146 mill.ions of inhabitants. A recent survey by independent pollster Levada-Center found that 52% of Russians are not ready to be vaccinated against the coronavirus with Russian-made vaccines. Russia has yet to approve foreign-made coronavirus vaccines, and only Russian vaccines are available nationwide. The reluctance to get vaccinated reflects a broader mistrust of the establishment, Alexandra Arkhipova, a social anthropologist and researcher at RANEPA University in Moscow, previously told CNN. Russians tend to trust doctors they know. they know personally rather than to public medical institutions, she also said. Thirty-eight Russian regions have introduced mandatory vaccine requirements for certain citizens and workers in public positions, said Anna Popova, Russia's head of public health surveillance Rospotrebnadzor, on Tuesday. The Kremlinexpressed his frustration at the country's low vaccination rates with Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, saying on Monday the pandemic is not going away, it is coming back in new waves ... the only thing that saves lives is the jab. Peskov stressed that the government uses every opportunity to call on Russians to get vaccinated, even urging the media to repeat this a hundred times per day Russian state media have become increasingly critical of people reluctant or undecided about getting vaccinated. Earlier this month, Dmitry Kiselyov, a leading Russian TV presenter State, told viewers that despite recent figures for deaths and infection rates, citizens, for the most part, do not care about themselves or others.