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Move to launch mobile vaccination units

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Muscat: There is a move to introduce mobile vaccination units in the Sultanate. The authorities are making efforts to introduce this plan as soon as possible. “We are in the final phase to roll out mobile vaccination units to cater people who live in remote places and find it difficult to reach the vaccination centres,” said a source at the Ministry of Health (MoH) said. Some buses are being converted into mobile vaccination units in partnership with Aster. The units will soon be active in the capital area and in other governorates and regions based on future demand. The trial run is underway in the Oman Automotive Association premises. “These vehicles will predominantly cater to Omanis above 45 and who find it inaccessible to the vaccination centres,” added the source.


TARGET GROUP TO GET VACCINATED


“Those who are in the target group wouldn’t fail to receive the vaccine and help the nation achieve its goals in time. We are aiming to reach the number of vaccinated people at 1.5 million by the end of June, including new target groups and all falling in these groups should come forward to get vaccinated,” the source said. The target groups include those over the age of 45, pilgrims, citizens of Musandam Governorate, frontline staff including health workers and employees in government institutions, Royal Oman Police, Sultan’s Armed Forces, higher education institutions, academic staff, and Grade 12 students in schools, employees of vital sectors such as oil and gas sector, ports, airports, and some private sector institutions. The deployment of vaccination centres across the Governorates is being prepared, including the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (OCEC). The vaccines will be made available through these centres.


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