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Vaccination gains momentum amidst a spike in cases

2 Jul 2021

The Ministry of Health (MoH) will start vaccinating the 18+ category today, for which it has asked those eligible to register through Tarassud+ before arriving for their jab, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the sultanate.

Vaccination for the 45+ category at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, which started on June 20, will continue. Pregnant women have been added to the list of those eligible. “Pregnant women should be given priority for obvious reasons. Expectant mothers have been in intensive care units; they and their unborn in danger. We call on all pregnant women to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families,” H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, said recently. 

On Thursday, MoH reported 1,959 new cases of COVID-19 and 40 related deaths, taking the total number registered in Oman to 270,504 and death toll to 3,140. 

In a glimmer of hope, however, the number of recoveries is improving. An MoH statement said 2,127 individuals recovered on Thursday, taking the total number of recoveries to 236,988. 

‘As of Thursday, the total number of inpatients was 1,591, including 530 in intensive care.’

A home vaccination service has also been started for people with disabilities or mobility restrictions. 

The immunisation campaign currently underway at government centres is limited to Omani citizens who can get vaccinated for free. While some expatriate residents are covered under a corporate scheme in collaboration with MoH through private hospitals, others are opting to be vaccinated for a fee at their own expense. 

H E Dr Sa’eedi has reiterated time and again that the sultanate only allowed the use of safe vaccines. More than 1.5mn doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been received so far, and 3.2mn more doses will arrive this month. “We aim to vaccinate all target groups with a dose of vaccine before the end of August,” he said.

According to Badr bin Saif al Rawahi, director of the department of contagious diseases in MoH, all citizens in Musandam have been vaccinated. The governorate has registered the least number of infections. 

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