The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced on Wednesday postponing the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine due to a delay in shipment from the manufacturer.
In a statement, MoH said the delay will not affect the efficacy of the vaccine. ‘The delay has been caused by the manufacturer in supplying the agreed doses to Oman. The delay, caused by increased demand, will impact all countries of the world that have contracted the company for supply of the vaccine.’
MoH stated that it appreciates the efforts of all in making the national vaccination campaign against COVID-19 a success. ‘Based on the scientific resources of international organisations, postponing the second dose will not affect the desired effectiveness of the vaccine,’ the MoH said.
MoH on Wednesday announced 167 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the total to 133,574.
There was one death and 77 recoveries in this period. ‘The number of recoveries has increased to 126,486, while the number of deaths has reached 1,525,’ an MoH statement said, adding that the rate of recovery now stands at 95 per cent. As of Wednesday, a total of 93 patients were admitted in health institutions, including 26 in ICUs.
MoH calls upon all to adhere to the isolation procedures by staying in an isolated room with an attached toilet and serving the isolated person from outside the room as instructed. It said that social distancing also helps curb the spread of the virus.
MoH advises all citizens and residents to continue washing hands with water and soap, avoid touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes, and follow healthy habits when coughing and sneezing.