Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
The first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Oman. Image Credit: REUTERS

Muscat: Oman yesterday received its first batch of Astra Zeneca coronavirus vaccine ordered through International Vaccine Federation.

The news of the batch of vaccine that arrived at Muscat International Airport yesterday evening was met with cheer from residents and citizens who have been waiting for their shots for some time now.

Though the number of vaccines in this consignment is not mentioned, it is hoped that it will help meet the current urgent requirement to an extent.

As of last Thursday, the number of people vaccinated in Oman stood at 139522. It is reported that the Sultanate has agreed with the International Vaccine Federation to obtain one million doses of vaccine.

60 and above

The primary health centres across Oman are now administering vaccine shots. 56-year-old Mithesh Shah, a long-term resident of Oman says that he has been regularly visiting the health centre near his home in Al Khuwair for the last couple of weeks. “Last Thursday, I was told by the gentleman behind the reception counter that vaccination will most probably resume this week. And with this news of vaccine arriving in Oman, I can see that happening very soon indeed.”

Although the current age group being vaccinated is sixty and above, those aged below 60 but who are immune-compromised with other diseases, are also considered, with sufficient medical back-up records, informs Dr Thomas of Al Maha Polyclinic in Ghala.