People above 30 to get 2nd jab soon in Saudi Arabia
Saudi health authorities will start in two weeks’ time giving the second dose of vaccination against COVID-19 to the people in the age group of 30 to 40 years, state television Al Ekhabriya has reported.
The step is part of efforts in the kingdom to expand access to vaccination, the television said. People in the 50-60 age group are currently being inoculated with the second dose against the highly infectious disease.
Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia started giving the first dose of vaccination to school students in the 12-18 age group in the lead-up to the new school year where in-person classes will be reintroduced.
In April, the administration of the second dose was suspended to ensure availability of the first shot to a wider scale of would-be recipients. The second dose of the vaccine was made available in May to the category of the elderly at 60 years and above in different regions of the kingdom.
On December 17, the kingdom kicked off mass vaccinations against COVID-19. About 18.6 million doses have since been administered in the country of about 34.8 million people.