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Gap between 2 doses of vaccine cut


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The Ministry of Health on Monday said the gap between two doses of covid-19 vaccines has been reduced to six weeks in the Sultanate, starting today (August 17). Earlier, the gap between two doses of vaccines was 10 weeks.

The ministry has requested all those who received the first dose of vaccine over the past period (and completed 6 six weeks since then) to register for the second dose via Tarassud app.

As many as 2,155,932 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the Sultanate since the launch of the National Immunization Campaign till Sunday, reaching 61 per cent of the targeted population.

The number of those who took the first dose of vaccine stood at 1,360,206 comprising 63 per cent, while the number of those who are fully vaccinated (two doses) stood at 795,726 comprising 37 per cent.

Meanwhile, the ministry of health continues vaccinating target segments in all governorates of the Sultanate.

On Monday, vaccination centres in all governorates witnessed a good turnout from the target segments.


Dr Zaid al Hinai, a consultant on Paediatric Infectious Diseases, commented: "We are still away from the 70 per cent target. In fact, in response to the mutating virus, it is best to vaccinate 80 per cent of the total population (95 per cent of which aged 12 and over). Perhaps we can reach more if we include children in the campaign."

Meanwhile, the ministry on Monday reported 214 new cases and 6 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases registered in the Sultanate has now reached 300,408, including 3,999 deaths.

According to the new release, 28 patients were admitted to hospitals across the country in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of inpatients to 244 including 107 in intensive care units.

Dr Zaid urged people not to hesitate to take the vaccine, as there is an abundance of doses.

"The sooner we get the vaccine, the sooner we can control the disease" he said. The doctor stressed that precautionary measures must continue even after taking the vaccine.

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