Muscat: The Indian Social Club in Oman has booked 1,300 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for Indian nationals who are members of the club, according to Dr. Satish Nambiar, Chairman of ISC.
Indians residing in Oman can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine provided by ISC. Last week many in the Indian diaspora received a WhatsApp message signed off by Dr. Satish on this drive.
The message urged Indian community members to register for the vaccine which will be provided at the Medical Care Centre in Seeb which is amply prepared for major vaccination drives. Dr. Satish mentioned that this arrangement was provided as part of an agreement with the Ministry of Health by the Indian Social Club.
First come first serve
While the shot will be provided to those have registered on a first come first serve basis, more people will be allowed to register once subsequent batches of the vaccine arrive in Oman.
“The ministry has put the cost of the Pfizer vaccine at RO20 per dose, and the clinic with which we have tied up has an administrative fee of RO3 per shot, so the total cost of being vaccinated per person is RO46.”
The club approached the MoH to vaccinate Indians residing in Oman to speed up the vaccine drive, and with Indians forming a sizeable proportion of expatriates in Oman, this has been hailed as a welcome initiative by the Indian community.
The response had been so quick from the community that the club has stopped taking further names, as the first batch vaccine has been fully booked. The vaccination drive itself is expected to start in a couple of days as June is the marked-up date of commencement for this season of jabs meant for those over 45 years of age.