Bahrain halts walk-in service for COVID-19 vaccination

Bahrain halts walk-in service for COVID-19 vaccination

Bahrain halts walk-in service for COVID-19 vaccination

Bahrain has suspended an earlier system allowing a walk-in service for taking the vaccine against the COVID-19, and requested would-be recipients to register online beforehand.

The Health Ministry said that the vaccination walk-in service at designated residential health centres has been suspended due to a high turnout of citizens and foreign residents.

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Vaccination requires prior appointments that can be booked online via the website: healthalert.gov.bh, the ministry added. The online portal now enables those registering to select their preferred health centre and the type of vaccine they wish to receive. The vaccination is available free of charge to all citizens and residents of the age of 18 years and above, the ministry said.

Bahrain launched last week vaccinations against COVID-19 aiming to vaccinate a total of 1.5 million people in Bahrain. Around 679,000 expatriates and 712,000 Bahrainis are planned to get the vaccine. Bahrain’s National Health Regulatory Authority has approved the registration of a vaccine against COVID-19 developed by the Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm.

Bahrain this month became the second country in the world after the UK granting an emergency use authorisation for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19.