Kuwait begins vaccinating domestic workers

Kuwait City: The official spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Abdullah Al Sanad, said they will begin vaccinating domestic workers starting on June 19.

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All those who hold an Article 20 visa are considered domestic workers, thus they will be receiving messages for their vaccine appointments shortly.

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The move comes as Kuwait received the third shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine last week.

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Travel and vaccine

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On Thursday, Kuwait’s Cabinet of Ministers announced that vaccinated expats can enter starting August 1. The decision comes after Kuwait enforced a travel ban on non-Kuwaitis back on February 7.

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While expats are only allowed in if they are vaccinated, Kuwait said that domestic workers do not need to be vaccinated to enter the country.

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Mass vaccination

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Within a week, more than 180,000 citizens and residents received their second dose of the Oxford vaccine.

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The jabs are being given out across 30 centres in Kuwait, including the Al Jaber Causeway bridge drive-thru vaccination centre.

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The Ministry of Health indicated how many total doses have been administered for over a month now. But, according to health officials who spoke with local media, in the next few days, Kuwait is expected to have administered a total of 3 million doses.

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Kuwait has granted emergency authorisation for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The latter is yet to arrive in the country.

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