Omicron risk lesser than other variants so far: Oman’s Health Minister

Oman Tuesday 14/December/2021 21:25 PM
By: Times News Service
Omicron risk lesser than other variants so far: Oman’s Health Minister
Minister of Health, His Excellency Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saidi

Muscat: Oman now has 12 suspected cases of the omicron variant of Covid-19, Health Minister Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saidi indicated on Tuesday evening in an interview with Oman TV.

However, he said that the risks associated with the new mutant variant of Covid-19, Omicron, are lesser than previous variants so far.

“The effectiveness of the vaccine against Omicron is lesser than the previous variant, but we have other methods.” On the rise in cases, he said, “The rise is not due to omicron, but due to laxity in adhering to precautionary measures. We call on everyone to follow them.”

Dr. Al Saidi said on the topic of vaccination, “Around 87 per cent vaccination targets have been met. But the percentage between governorates varies for some categories. One of the governorates has a vaccination rate of only 52 per cent for students. This causes danger to them, their classmates and society. There is no excuse for anyone over the age of 12 to not take vaccines.”

On vaccine coverage, he said, “The percentage of vaccinated Omanis from the target group of 12 years and over is 92 per cent, and the percentage of those who received the second dose is 86 per cent.”

He pointed out that the primary concern about the omicron variant was the speed at which it was spreading and the reduced response to vaccinations. “I appeal to all citizens and residents to head to vaccination centres. Reports from South Africa indicate that the variant is less virulent but the speed at which it is spreading is worrying.”