Muscat: People in Oman aged 45 and above can now book their COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the nearest vaccination centre, the Ministry of Health has announced.
The move comes as part of efforts to vaccinate additional target groups in society, as part of the national campaign for immunisation against COVID-19.
People in these target groups can go to the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), where vaccines are being administered, as well as at the health centre in Quriyat. All visitors to health centres and vaccination sites are requested to adhere to the required preventive measures.
With the opening of the OCEC vaccination centre, other sites in the wilayats of Muttrah, Bausher, Seeb and Amerat that are used to distribute vaccines to the population will be closed.
“We have completed all the required procedures for operating the centre, in cooperation with the OCEC, Royal Oman Police, and Directorate General of Scouts and Guides,” said Dr Thamra bint Said
Al Ghafriah, the Director General of Health Services in Muscat.
“Vaccination centres in the above wilayats will be closed, with the exception of Al Sahil Health Centre in Quriyat.”
“Target groups can now book advance vaccination appointments, either through the website, www.covid19.moh.gov.om, or through the Tarassud Plus application, before going to the approved government centres for immunisation across the various governorates of the Sultanate,” said a statement from the Ministry of Health.“This will ensure a safe and accessible immunisation process for all.”
As of the evening of Friday, June 18, around 12,863 people had booked vaccination appointments across the governorates of the country.
“It is too early to tell whether COVID-19 vaccines will provide long-term protection, or how long the vaccine will last to protect the body,” added the ministry. “Further research is required to answer this question. But it is known that the vaccine prevents the disease and reduces complications.”
The DG of Health Services added that the national campaign for immunisation against COVID-19 has witnessed a significant turnout in Muscat.
People are urged to take their vaccine shots as soon as they are eligible, and to not heed rumours circulated online and across social media channels, but only pay attention to information from reliable, official sources.