40% of Oman’s population to get Covid-19 vaccine: Minister

Oman Thursday 12/November/2020 13:16 PM
By: Times News Service
40% of Oman’s population to get Covid-19 vaccine: Minister

Muscat: Oman’s Minister of Health has confirmed that 40% of the country’s population will receive vaccination in the first stage when it arrives by the end of the year.

Speaking at the Supreme Committee press conference, Al Saidi said: “Oman has reserved a good set of vaccines, and the goal is to vaccinate about 40% of the Sultanate's population.”

He also said that basic service providers on the front lines, checkpoints’ employees, people with chronic diseases, and the elderly will have the priority to get vaccinated.

He also admittedthat the cases of Covid-19 have declined in the Sultanate. “I hope that the decline in cases recorded recently will not lead to complacency and a lack of commitment to precautionary healthy measures,” he said.

He also said: “Adherence to the precautionary measures and the night shutdown has had good results, but there are other factors that have led to this.”

Around 35 people were hospitalized during the past 24 hours, including 10 in intensive care. “The decrease in the number of infected people does not mean that we have passed the epidemic,” he added.