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So far, close to 200,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been given to people across the country. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Muscat: The majority of the vaccines administered were taken by those in Muscat governorate, as per information shared by Oman’s Ministry of Health. So far, close to 200,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been given to people across the country. Muscat region alone accounted for 30 per cent of this figure.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has launched a new helpline in the capital to help people receive information on the services provided, and vaccines available, at the various inoculation centres in Muscat. Those interested can call the helpline on 1144.

Registration at Bausher Sports Complex has been set up for those under 60 years of age. An official clarified that it is only the registration that is open and not the vaccination itself for those under 60. The official guiding the visitors at the entrance of the Bausher site informed that those who wanted to register could do so by writing their name, phone number and age in a white sheet of paper placed near the entry gate.

John Robinson, a German national, who had come to register himself for the vaccine at the Bausher Stadium facility said that he has been visiting this new centre for two days in a row. “I stay close by and wanted to understand how the registered names are going to be handled. The A4 paper kept for registration is replenished once it gets full with names, by an official who takes the paper inside. I am told that those who have registered will get a call, based on certain criteria, which I assume must be age.”

Meanwhile, Oman’s Ministry of Health issued a notification alerting people on a fake audio clip going viral about the vaccination having started for all age groups. The Ministry advised everyone not to pay heed to such unfounded news, and follow what’s being circulated in the official handles of the Ministry of Health.