On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health has announced the expansion of administering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine resulting in the postponing of all dates for the second dose. The second dose will be rescheduled later. This decision is taken to cover a large segment of society with the first dose.
Why is such a decision taken? Who will be receiving the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines? To know more, keep reading.
All second dose appointments to be postponed
The Ministry clarified that it will postpone all second dose appointments starting from Sunday, April 11, 2021, and the resumption of the second dose will be rescheduled later.
Why is this decision taken?
According to the Ministry of Health, the announcement was made due to the shortage and stuttering international supplies of vaccines as the manufacturers are facing challenges in fulfilling the contracted quantities. Read more: Procedure to Get Online Appointment for Covid-19 Vaccination
Due to a global shortage in vaccine manufacturing and delivery, @SaudiMOH has decided to postpone second-dose appointments so it could inoculate a wider audience with a first dose. #CovidVaccine pic.twitter.com/EyLjPuRItH
— CIC Saudi Arabia (@CICSaudi) April 12, 2021
Aim of the Ministry
The Ministry added that it aims to ensure that the largest number of people are covered with the first dose of the vaccine, especially the high-risk groups, because of its impact in reducing severe cases and protect public health. Read more: Will it be Necessary to Wear a Mask Even after the Covid-19 Vaccine in Saudi Arabia
The Ministry of Health made this decision so that a larger amount of people can take the corona vaccine during its first dose. The second dose of the vaccine will be postponed until further notice. Stay tuned to Saudi expat news for more updates. Stay safe.