COVID-19: Kuwait to give 2nd dose to vaccinated arrivals

Cairo: Kuwait plans to give a second dose of vaccination against COVID-19 to passengers who have got the first jab abroad, according to local media.

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“The passengers arriving in the country, who have previously received the first dose in the departing country will be allowed to get the second [in Kuwait] according to certain schedules,” a health source said.

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The eligible recipients should have received the first dose of one of the vaccines approved in Kuwait and show evidence of having been vaccinated.

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Kuwait aims to speed up vaccinations as of next month, planning to give the jabs to workers at commercial sites.

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Coronavirus infections among the medical workers in the country are almost non-existent due to the vaccination, according to a media report.

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As part of the Kuwaiti Health Ministry’s efforts to expand the range of vaccines approved for use in the country, negotiations are under way to reserve supplies from the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines, the sources added.

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New categories

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Kuwait has spelt out a plan to expand availability of vaccinations based on giving the shots to new categories including workers of cooperative societies and mosques.

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The Health Ministry will soon dispatch vaccination teams to these categories at their workplaces.

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In late December, Kuwait initiated mass vaccinations against COVID-19.

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Earlier this month, Minister of Health Dr Basel Al Sabah said that 2 million people are expected to be vaccinated by September.

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Kuwaiti health authorities have registered so far a total of 224,432 coronavirus cases and 1,258 fatalities.

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