As many as 5mn doses of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in Oman by October 2021, according to Dr Bader al Rawahi, director of Department of Infectious Diseases Control in the Ministry of Health (MoH).
In an interview with Oman TV, he said, “The sultanate has prepared the National Immunisation Campaign against COVID-19 for all governorates. We received about 415,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this month, in addition to a quantity of AstraZeneca vaccines. We will complete immunising 30 per cent of Oman’s population before the end of July 2021 by administering 250,000 doses weekly considering 1.25mn doses are expected this month.”
Dr Rawahi informed that MoH is facing the challenge of some people’s reluctance to get vaccinated as a result of false information. “Vaccination coverage is 40 per cent in the Governorate of Dhofar, while is 100 per cent in Muscat, Dakhliyah and Dhahirah. Vaccines are the most powerful weapon against COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, MoH announced that 335,866 individuals have been vaccinated in the sultanate since the beginning of the National Immunisation Campaign against COVID-19 on December 27, 2020, until June 7, 2021, representing 9.3 per cent of the total population.