Kuwait: New batch of COVID-19 vaccine to arrive this week
The Minister of Health, Dr. Basel Al Sabah, announced in a Tweet that a new batch of the COVID-19 vaccine is to arrive in Kuwait this week.
He added that the arrival of the vaccine will be consecutive until all citizens and expats have been immunized. Dr. Basel did not specify which vaccine will arrive in Kuwait.
In conjunction with the arrival of the new batch, a well informed health source told Al Jardia that the Ministry of Health will be launching mobile units to vaccinate people who are unable to leave their homes due to severe health conditions. That the mobile vaccination units will be targeted at those who are bedridden, people with special needs and anybody that has a severe illness that prevents them from travelling to the vaccination headquarters at Al Mishref fairground.
Currently the vaccine being used in Kuwait is the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and is being administered to frontline workers, health workers, people above 65 and those with chronic illnesses. The first batch that arrived in Kuwait included 150,000 doses.
While the vaccine is being given priority to certain segments, all citizens and residents are eligible to pre-register for the vaccine. The Ministry of Health created a website that allows those wanting to take the vaccine to pre-register so that the government can indicate who should be given priority, a person’s medical history and have an estimate of how many doses they should order.
Although Kuwait has not recorded any cases of the new COVID strain, precautionary measures are put into place to ensure that there is no outbreak.
In addition to the safety procedures, a new study found that the Pfizer vaccine could be effective in patients that have contracted the new COVID strain found in South Africa and the United Kingdom, CNN reported.