COVID-19: Kuwait to ramp up vaccination to 10,000 people a day

Kuwait City: As Kuwait is witnessing an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of health decided to ramp up its vaccination campaign with an aim to vaccinate around 10,000 people a day.

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The decision to increase the number comes as Kuwait opens 25 vaccination centres, including the mobile vaccination units that are being used for those who are bedridden.

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In addition, after it was revealed in January that those between the ages of 16-44 made up 67 per cent of positive cases, the Ministry of Health has started vaccinating as many people in that age group as possible.

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That said, only those above the age of 18 are being administered the vaccine as studies showed that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has only been cleared for those above 18.

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According to statistics published by Al Jarida newspaper, around 400,000 people have pre-registered for the vaccine and 55,000 have received the vaccine so far.

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New shipment

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Kuwait is expecting to receive the second shipment of the Oxford vaccine in March, which should contain around 400,000 doses.

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Last month, Kuwait received 200,000 doses of the UK vaccine, making it the first shipment.

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Although Kuwait began its vaccination campaign back on December 24, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was administered as it received FDA approval before the Oxford vaccine.

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