Oman: COVID-19 vaccination to start from Sunday
Oman’s Minister of Health Dr. Ahmed Al Saeedi announced the vaccination for COVID-19 will start in Sunday December 27 and he will be first to receive the vaccine shot in the country. “As I personally believe in the safety of the vaccine, I will be the first to receive the vaccine in the Sultanate,” the Minister said.
The milestone event will have extensive media coverage, as the Ministry of Health in coordination with various hospitals and authorities has put in order plans on the logistics of the vaccination process. In the initial phase, the Sultanate will receive 15,600 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which will arrive in Oman on Thursday December 24.
Reassuring the public, Dr Saeedi said the mutation of the virus does not mean it will be more powerful, but rather that it will spread faster, and COVID-19 vaccines can be used to vaccinate against the mutated virus as well. He also ruled out any lockdown in Oman, saying the closure of entry and exit points, including air, sea and land was a precautionary measure in the wake of the new strain of coronavirus reported in places like the UK and South Africa.
With the arrival of the first batch of vaccine, 20 per cent of the population, comprising of the most vulnerable group, is expected to be inoculated. The names of the centres where the vaccination will be done and the process for getting the shots will be shared soon on public domains, including social media channels, it was informed earlier.