Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday that people that have been infected with the coronavirus can receive the vaccine immediately after recovering from the virus, .
The ministry said that the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can be taken 10 days after infection, adding that medical studies showed that it was safe to do so.
Health officials in the Kingdom have expressed concern over the Delta variant of the coronavirus – the more infectious strain of the disease that was first reported in India – saying that studies showed that the variant spreads three times faster than the original strain of COVID-19.
According to the ministry, studies indicate that the infection caused by the Delta variant is much contagious than other strains.
Thursday’s announcement “comes as a continuation of its efforts to prevent infection and protect society from the repercussions of the virus, pointing out that the national vaccination campaign is going according to plan,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the health ministry as saying.
As of Monday, more than 25 million of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across Saudi Arabia at over 587 inoculation centers.
All economic, commercial, cultural, recreational, and sports activities will be limited to citizens and residents who received any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines, according to the interior ministry.
Currently, the Kingdom has approved the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNtech, and the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.