Kuwait: The Kuwait Ministry of Well being mentioned in a press release on Monday that it might postpone the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines as a result of cargo is delayed attributable to international shortages.
The second dose of Pfizer vaccine might be given 4 weeks after the primary, aside from folks over the age of 60, who will proceed to obtain it after 21 days.
As for the Oxford vaccine, the second dose might be administered between three and 4 weeks after the primary, as an alternative of 12 weeks after the primary dose.
Within the assertion, the Division of Well being pressured that the delay is not going to have an effect on the effectiveness of the vaccine and is in keeping with procedures adopted by Canada, the UK, France and Spain.
The ministry added that anybody ready for his or her first or second dose will obtain a message with the date, time and site of their vaccine appointment.
Final week, the well being ministry determined to maintain the remaining quantities from the second cargo for individuals who obtained the primary dose in early February. The second cargo arrived in early April and contained round 129,000 doses.
Concerning the Pfizer vaccine, Kuwait has to this point obtained 14 shipments since December 2020.
Within the coming days, 5 new geared up vaccination facilities will come into operation and might be totally geared up to manage the Pfizer vaccine. Up to now, Pfizer has solely been given to the Mishref Exhibition Middle, as that is the place the vaccines are saved in freezers.
Kuwait took a significant milestone final week after the well being ministry introduced a couple of million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered. About 27% of the inhabitants has obtained not less than one vaccine.