Kuwait City: Following the government’s weekly meeting on Monday, the Centre for Government Communication (CGC) announced that Kuwait will be opening a drive-thru vaccination centre at the South Island of Al Jaber causeway bridge.
The announcement comes as Kuwait is looking to ramp up its vaccination efforts, to achieve its goal of vaccinating two million people by September.
So far 1,106,000 residents and citizens have registered for the vaccine, of which half a million have received at least the first jab.
According to local media, in the past few days on average 25,000 people have been receiving the vaccine daily.
Testing positive and the vaccine
On Monday the COVID-19 Vaccination Committee at the Ministry of Health stated that those that have tested positive prior to receiving the first jab will only need to receive one dose between 90 to 180 day after testing positive.
Those who receive the first dose and test positive before getting the second, will need to wait 90 days before receiving the second dose.
Availability of vaccine
As Kuwait ramps up its vaccination campaign, the pace is all contingent on the arrival of the vaccine shipments as discussed with the manufacturer.
Local media reported that the second shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive in Kuwait by Wednesday and the third batch will arrive next week. Each shipment is estimated to contain 250,000 doses.
As for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Kuwait has received nine shipments and is expecting the tenth one to arrive by early next week.