- This does not apply to people over 60 years of age.
- The duration between two doses was increased from 12 weeks to three to four months
Kuwait City: The Ministry of Health has extended the second-dose supply of Pfizer and Oxford vaccines in Kuwait due to a lack of vaccine availability. The interval between taking the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine has been extended from 21 days to six weeks. However, it does not apply to those above 60 years of age.
They can take the second dose 21 days after the current one. At the same time, the duration between two doses of Oxford was increased from 12 weeks to three to four months.
This is the interval allowed by the vaccine manufacturers. The ministry said the extension would not reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. The decision is based on studies conducted in Canada, Britain, France and Spain. The ministry said those currently taking the first dose will soon receive a message about the date, time and place of taking the next dose. The ministry announced last week that the vaccine shipment, which arrived last month, would be postponed to early February for those taking the first dose. 1.29 lakh doses of the vaccine arrived in Kuwait in early April.
The decision to extend the interval between vaccine doses was a setback for those planning to travel outside the country after the vaccine was taken. The Kuwaiti cabinet has decided to allow only those who have received two doses of the vaccine to travel abroad from May 22. Based on this, the decision to delay the second dose will cause many people to miss their journey. The travel ban applies only to those of age who are eligible to be vaccinated. However, this provision does not apply to those returning home on an exit visa after completing their work in Kuwait.
Criticism is also strong in the country against the action of the authorities who did not approve the modern vaccine. Although the United States and European countries have begun to use the Modena vaccine, which is 94 percent effective after the Pfizer vaccine, public criticism of the agreement has led to delays in approval by the State Audit Bureau of Kuwait. The contract for the purchase of 10 million modena vaccine doses for 12 million dinars is awaiting the approval of the Audit Bureau. The modena vaccine can be taken at four-week intervals.
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