COVID-19: Kuwait to launch 10 mobile vaccination units on Monday

Kuwait City: The Ministry of Health announced that it will deploy 10 mobile units to vaccinate people that are unable to leave their homes due to severe health conditions, local media reported.

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The mobile vaccination units will be targeted to those that are bedridden, people with special needs and anybody that has a severe illness that prevents them from traveling to the vaccination centers.

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There will be two mobile units for each of Kuwait’s five health districts.

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Vaccine centers

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As Kuwait received the first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine last week, the Ministry of Health approved 15 medical centers across Kuwait to begin administering the vaccine.

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The Ministry of Health’s spokesman, Dr Abdulla Al Sanad, said in a press statement on Saturday that the health centers will begin administering the vaccine on Sunday.

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On Sunday, the head of the Ahmadi health center, said on Kuwait National TV that the medical center has begun its vaccination process and is prepared to vaccinate 500 people a day.

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In each of Kuwait’s five regions, three health centers have been allocated as vaccination centers.

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The Mishref Fairground will continue its operation as a vaccination headquarter, especially when administering the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine as the vaccines are stored in freezers on site.

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Progress of vaccination

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Kuwait began its vaccination campaign on December 24, after it received the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine.

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Those that are being given priority in the first batch of the vaccine are: frontline workers, medical professionals, people suffering from chronic illnesses and those above the age of 65.

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Then once the 200,000 doses of Oxford vaccine arrived in Kuwait on Monday, Kuwait ramped up its vacation process and started vaccinating those between the ages of 40 to 60.

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The Ministry of Health created a website that allows those wanting to take the vaccine to pre-register. As of Sunday, around 300,000 people have registered to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

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