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200,000 vaccine doses to arrive weekly from June

19 May 2021

Following a drop in COVID-19 cases in the sultanate – Dhofar in particular – the Directorate General of Health Services in the southern governorate has announced the reopening of three health centres starting May 23, 2021.

The centres were closed temporarily at the end of April to support the Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah with extra healthcare personnel.

On Wednesday, Oman witnessed fewer new cases – 696 – and deaths  – nine. With this, the total number of cases registered in the sultanate stood at 20,7805, and deaths 2,228.

‘There were 659 recoveries in this period accounting for a total of 192,198 COVID-19 recovered patients and a recovery rate of 92.5 per cent. Seventy-three individualswere admitted to hospitals across the country, accounting for a total of 681 inpatients, including 252 in intensive care units,’ an MoH statement said.

‘The Directorate General of Health Services for the governorate of Dhofar announces that based on the developments of the pandemic and the decrease in the number of hospitalisations and critical cases in Sultan Qaboos Hospital, the health centres of Dahariz, Salalah al Jadidah and Hajif will be reopened.’


Vaccination strategy


On Wednesday, H E Dr Ahmed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, said the sultanate will receive 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine per week starting in June. Vaccine shipments will continue to arrive helping raise the immunisation rate to above 30-35 per cent by the end of August. 

MoH clarified on Tuesday that the sultanate has adopted a strategy for immunisation against COVID-19, which depends on several phases. ‘The number of persons who should take the vaccine has been calculated according to risk factors such as old age and chronic diseases, as well as the exposure of frontline workers in the health and education sectors.’ 

Within the strategic partnership between the government and private health sectors, it has been decided that the latter can participate in the National Campaign for Immunisation under MoH’s conditions and regulations. These private institutions will administer vaccines for employees of private and government departments.

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