COVID-19: Vaccination accessible to 5 categories

Cairo: Saudi Arabia has identified five categories of people who have access to the second dose of the vaccines against COVID-19, urging people not to worry about delay in getting the second jab.

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The Health Ministry has said that the second dose is available to patients of haemodialysis, active cancer, organ transplant, overweight people and those above 60 years.

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A health official, meanwhile, said that delaying getting the second dose catalyses the immune system in some vaccines.

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“Following up the immunity levels after getting the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines shows there is no ideal in-between between the two doses,” said Dr Abdullah Al Assiri, an assistant health undersecretary.

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He explained that some countries have adopted three months before scheduling the administration of the second shot while other countries have opted for four months.

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“Generally, the second dose is not mandatory for international travel,” he said in a series of tweets. “The countries applying institutional quar-antine to arrivals heed the infection rates and variants from the coun-tries of departure regardless of the passenger’s immunisation,” he add-ed.

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Saudi Arabia initiated mass vaccinations against COVID-10 on December 17. Some 14.7 million doses have since been administered across the kingdom, according to the latest figures from the Health Ministry.

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Authorities have provided the jabs for free to citizens and foreign resi-dents in the kingdom.

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