Kuwait to delay second dose of vaccine amid scarcity
Kuwait’s Ministry of Well being stated in a press release on Monday that they are going to be suspending the second dose of each the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines as shipments are delayed attributable to worldwide shortages.
The second dose of Pfizer vaccine will probably be given 4 weeks after the primary one, besides for many who are above the age of 60, who will proceed to obtain it after 21 days. As for the Oxford vaccine, the second dose will probably be given between three to 4 weeks’ after the primary one, as an alternative of 12 weeks after the primary dose.
Within the assertion, the Ministry of Well being identified that the delay won’t have an effect on the effectivity of the vaccine and is in keeping with procedures adopted by Canada, the UK, France and Spain. The Ministry added that every one those that are awaiting their first or second dose will obtain a message with the date, time and site of their vaccine appointment.
Final week, the Ministry of Well being determined to maintain the remaining portions of the second cargo for many who acquired the primary dose in early February. The second cargo arrived in the beginning of April and contained roughly 129,000 doses.
As for the Pfizer vaccine, Kuwait has up to now acquired 14 shipments since December 2020. Within the subsequent few days, 5 new outfitted vaccination centres will start operations and will probably be absolutely outfitted to manage the Pfizer vaccine. To date, Pfizer has being administered solely on the Mishref fairground as that’s the place the vaccines are being saved in freezers.
Kuwait reached a milestone final week after the Ministry of Well being introduced that over a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Round 27 % of the inhabitants has acquired a minimum of one jab of the vaccine.