Muscat: The Ministry of Health will begin stage one of the mass vaccination from Sunday, which will cover the new target groups that were notified last week.
The new target groups included Haj pilgrims, all citizens of Musandam Governorate, all people above 45 years of age, health workers (including private hospitals and clinics), all government employees, Royal Oman Police (ROP), Sultan Armed Forces, high diploma students, and their supervisors, and employees in oil and gas, and airports.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health (MOH), represented by the Department of Private Health Institutions, and in cooperation with the administration of Badr al Samaa Hospital, started vaccinating medical personnel in private health institutions in Muscat against Covid19.
The medical staff will be vaccinated free of charge with the Russian vaccine Sputnik, and the vaccination period will continue for up to two weeks, both in the morning and evening.
Meanwhile, the MOH has activated the immunization center helpline number 1144 for Muscat, which will be operational all days of the week except for Friday and Saturday, between 8 am and 2 pm.
The second dose of Covid19 vaccines will be also administered from Sunday as per the timings and locations announced by the government.
Meanwhile, a campaign will be launched to immunize the employees of the administrative apparatus units in the governorate at the Sports Complex in Rustaq between June 6 and 10.
The General Directorate of Health Services in North al Batinah has invited all targeted groups to receive the vaccine in the various immunization centers.
The Ministry of Health has refuted reports that companies with less than 60 people will not receive the vaccines.
MOH assured all companies that their dues from the doses will be disbursed to the licensed health institutions that contracted with them to carry out the vaccination process.
The 205,000 doses of vaccines, which arrived last week, will be followed by more than 100,000 doses of Pfizer and 148,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.
The selection process of the vaccines in the Sultanate is based on a scientific basis after being licensed by the organizational bodies adopted in the country of origin and other international organizations.
The Ministry of Health seeks to cover the entire target population with the COVID-19 vaccine aged 12 years and over, which is equivalent to 70 percent of the population, and it will be implemented in phases according to vaccine supplies in accordance with the national strategy for immunization against Covid-19 disease developed by the Ministry.