Oman is set to receive the first batch of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June or early July this year. Image Credit: AP

Muscat: Oman’s Minister of Health Dr. Ahmed bin Muhammad Al-Saeedi said that the first batch of 200,000 units of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is scheduled to arrive in Oman by the end of June or early July this year.

The Minister of Health expressed his deep regret for the reluctance of some people to be vaccinated with the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

He stressed once again the fact that the Sultanate will not use any vaccine, medicine or medical preparation unless until it is sure of its safety.

Side effects

He called on citizens, residents and workers in the health sector to demand vaccination and the availability of vaccines, indicating that the Sultanate nor any other countries of the world have recorded any serious side effects so far by using the vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination is currently on in full swing in Oman with vaccination having started in all governorates last week for those aged 60 years and above. More target groups were announced subsequently in the general community as well as in healthcare field.

Oman uses Pfizer as well as AstraZeneca vaccines for its population. Per report shared by the Ministry of Health, as of March 3, over 30 per cent of the target group has been successfully inoculated against Corona virus.