SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 29 July 2021, Thursday |

Residents in Saudi Arabia above 50 can now receive second vaccine shot

Residents in Saudi Arabia in the age 50 years and above will now be eligible to receive their second jab of (COVID-19) vaccine after completing more than 40 days from their first dose, said the Ministry of Health (MoH).

More than 17 million doses have been administered as 48.8 percent of the country’s population has been vaccinated with at least one dose.

The Kingdom recorded 1,255 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 479,390.

There are 11,322 active cases while the number of critical cases dropped to 1,451 compared to the day before. Fourteen new COVID-19-related deaths have raised the total number of fatalities to 7,730.

Testing hubs and treatment centers set up throughout the country have dealt with hundreds of thousands of people since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

Among them, Taakad (make sure) centers provide COVID-19 testing for those who show no or only mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual. Tetamman (rest assured) clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.

Appointments for both services can be made via the ministry’s Sehhaty app.

Municipalities in the Kingdom have stepped up their efforts to ensure compliance with COVID-19 safety measures designed to protect public health.

Officials have urged the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number or using the Balady app.