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252 new COVID-19 cases; Seeb vaccine centre reopens


Muscat – The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced 252 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the total number of positive cases in the sultanate to 306,492. There were no related deaths.

‘The total number of COVID-19-related deaths stands at 4,117,’ an MoH statement said. It added that 43 new cases of recovery were reported, accounting for a total of 300,602 recoveries.

Meanwhile, a vaccination drive is going on for both citizens and expatriates in the country. Following the announcement of free booster dose shots for expatriates in South Batinah and Muscat governorates, the third jab will now also be given to expats in North Batinah, available at the Rehabilitation Centre in Sohar from Sunday, January 9, till Thursday, January 13.

‘The Directorate General of Health Services in North Batinah announces the third dose for expatriates who are 18 years and older and have completed at least three months since the second dose,’ a statement said.

Seeb vaccination centre reopens

The vaccination centre for the booster dose for citizens and expatriates operated in the former airport building in Seeb will resume on Thursday.

According to Dr Nada al Barwani, in-charge of the centre, it suspended services on Tuesday and Wednesday following the rains. “But it will be fully functional starting Thursday and all appointments remain valid. Those who register earlier, needn’t do so again.

She informed that the centre is administering the first and second doses to individuals older than 12 years, and the booster for those 18 and older three months after the second dose.

“We are administering the Pfizer vaccine for the booster dose, irrespective of what was taken earlier. People who have taken AstraZeneca, or any other brand of vaccine, as their first and second doses will be administered the booster dose provided they have appointments.”

Expatriates who took their first and second doses outside Oman are required to upload their vaccine certificate on Tarassud + to register for appointments for the booster dose.

Explaining the procedure, Mahmood Said al Ghammari, medical record officer in MoH, said, “Those who wish to add the vaccine certificate obtained from outside Oman can text ‘Hi’ to WhatsApp number 71509360 and follow the instructions. Following that, they can register on Tarassud + with the same mobile number for the booster dose.”

(With inputs from Syed Fasiuddin)

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