MOH Launches National Campaign for Immunization against COVID-19
MOH Launches National Campaign for Immunization against COVID-1927/12/2020
The Minister of Health H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Saidi launched today (Sunday) the National Campaign for Immunization against COVID-19 under the theme (Immunization is a Prevention) at Al Seeb Specialized Polyclinic with the presence of their Excellencies Undersecretaries as well healthcare workers.
The Health Minister was the first person to be vaccinated in the launching of the National Campaign followed by the Representative of World Health Organization in Oman H.E. Dr. John Jabbour, as well number of healthcare workers and members of the community.
In this regard, the Minister of Health stated that the first batch of the vaccine arrived on 24th of December included (15,600) doses, and around (28,000) doses are expected to arrive by upcoming January. Other shipments will be received gradually. As for this vaccine, two doses are required, to be administered 21 days apart, therefore, the first batch will be administered to (7,500) persons.
The health minister affirmed that the vaccine has been distributed to all the Sultanate Governorates and shall be rolled out as per the priorities established by the technical team.
In the launching ceremony, MOH’s Undersecretary for Health Affairs H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Hosni confirmed a working group specialized in vaccines field, which was formed by a ministerial decision, selected the vaccines in accordance with systematic scientific bases.
Health Affairs Undersecretary pointed out the efforts of the Ministry in providing COVID-19 vaccine where it has cooperated with several vaccine-manufacturing companies and joined the Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance). He explained that the supply of the vaccine will be in batches, already started at the end of last week and will continue until the end of coming year (2021) due to vaccines’ manufacturing conditions and global demand.
Al Hosni added that prior to the provision of the vaccine, the population group that must be vaccinated was approved and priority groups for immunization was identified to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus disease.
The WHO Representative in Oman H.E. Dr. John Jabbour, who was the second one to take the vaccine, pointed out that taking the vaccine after His Excellency the Health Minister is a confirmation on the safety of the vaccine.
Vaccination will be in two stages. The technical team identified the target groups for taking the vaccine in the first phase. The target groups in community include:
the elderly of 65 years of age and above with diabetes,
people with kidney failure and who are on dialysis,
And those with chronic lung diseases namely:
The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Syndrome (COPD),
asthma (with the severity of the disease varies between medium and high),
Interstitial lung disease (ILD).
As for the target groups of health care workers include:
the ICU staff,
staff working in Covid-19 wards
employees who have any of the following: diabetes, obesity (BMI more than or equal to 40), being on dialysis, chronic lung disease as detailed in the target groups in community