Saudi Arabia Minister of Health, Dr. Tawfiq al-Rabiah, receives his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and showcases his “Health Passport” on the “Tawakkalna” app. Image Credit: (Via @TawakkalnaApp Twitter)

Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia has administered more than 43.7 million COVID-19 vaccine shots, through 587 centres across the Kingdom, it was announced by the Health Ministry on Monday.

The figures showed 20 million people — or 57.2 per cent of the population – were fully vaccinated with two jabs.

According to the official website of the Ministry of Health, the total doses included 23.7 million first doses, and 20 million second doses.

The Kingdom is pushing ahead with its plan to inoculate at least 70 per cent of its 35 million population with the aim of achieving herd immunity this month, according to expert estimates.

The average number of doses given daily reached 365,000.

The Kingdom recently introduced a series of preventive measures aimed at combating the spread of coronavirus with limiting access to public places and private entities to only vaccinated people.

As of August 1, Vaccination became mandatory for entry to all economic, commercial, cultural, entertainment and sporting activities, as well as to all government and private establishments and educational institutions, in addition to the use of public transportation.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) recently issued a directive that Saudis will be banned from travelling abroad without receiving two doses of the vaccine, as of August 9. The Tawakkalna application is used to check the immunisation status of citizens and residents.

The Ministry of Health announced on Monday 58 new COVID-19 infections were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 547,649, while the recoveries rose to 536,678 cases, after 52 patients recovered and the total number of deaths reached 8,748.