As many as 32,172 Grade 12 students and teaching staff, from both private as well as government schools, have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH). This has resulted in coverage of 43 per cent of the target group.
The MoH and the Ministry of Education (MoE) are running a two-week campaign to vaccinate General Education Diploma students and teaching staff in all the governorates that began on May 26.
According to MoH statistics, the largest number of doses has been administered in the Governorate of Muscat, with 7,915 people vaccinated that covers 47 per cent of the target group. This is followed by North Batinah with 5,418 doses covering 39 per cent, and 4,613 people in Dakhliyah or 44 per cent of the target group.
Earlier, the MoH had said that in all 75,730 people will be vaccinated in this drive. The target group includes students of General Education Diploma of public and private schools, students of Islamic science institutes, special education schools, and other public education institutions.
This immunisation drive also includes the teaching staff supervising the General Education Diploma exams, members of examination committees, observers, correctors, and workers in examination centres.
The MoE confirmed that the vaccination of students is optional. ‘It is indicated that no student will be denied entry to these exams, whether or not he/she takes the vaccine.’
However, MoE stressed the importance of taking the vaccine in order to preserve the health and safety of students, and confirmed that all countries may require immunisation against coronavirus for students aiming to study abroad.
MoH reported 1,047 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 related deaths on Tuesday. With this, the total number of cases registered in the sultanate is 218,271 and deaths 2,356.
The total number of COVID-19 patients who recovered is 200,421, accounting for a recovery rate of 91.8 per cent.
Ninety-seven people were admitted to hospitals on Tuesday in a 24-hour period taking the total number of inpatients to 802, including 257 in intensive care.