Kuwait City: The spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Abdullah Al Sanad, announced on Tuesday that all citizens and residents above the age of 65 can head to the vaccination centres and get vaccinated without a prior appointment.
The announcement comes as Kuwait is ramping up its vaccination efforts to reach its goal of vaccinating one million people by the end of Ramadan.
While the Ministry of Health has not indicated the exact number of people who have been vaccinated (either receiving the first or both doses), local media reported that over 800,000 residents and citizens have been vaccinated.
Al Sanad also added that 74.3% of Ministry of Education employees who registered have been vaccinated. The Ministry of Health is trying to vaccinating students and teachers to ensure that they are protected once schools open in September.
Uptick in vaccination
The speeded-up vaccination process comes as Kuwait received the second batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine last week. It is estimated that the shipment contained around 129,000 doses.
Local media reported the Ministry of Health is working to obtain half a million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine within the next two months.
As several countries halt the use of the Oxford vaccine, the Ministry of Health reiterated that there have not been any cases of blood clotting or severe negative symptoms. It added that it’s closely following the development of the Oxford vaccine and the global recommendations and studies.