The vaccination drive for children between five and 11 has been examined and permission granted by the Technical Division of the Ministry of Health (MoH). As such, the Sultanate is currently negotiating with Pfizer regarding vaccine supply.
This was shared by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference yesterday, adding that the ministry is expecting to receive the vaccine by the first quarter of 2022.
In reference to the red ‘X’ displayed on the BruHealth app for those who have yet to be fully vaccinated, the minister said the government has granted partially vaccinated and unvaccinated employees to return to the office, provided they undergo COVID-19 testing using the antigen rapid test (ART) kit starting December 1.
“Those inoculated with a single dose need to bring along their vaccination card to prove their immunisation status to the employers,” Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said, adding that the easing of restriction is solely for work, not “commercial premises where they may be subject to a different set of requirements”.
The minister also shared that as of November 28, some 638 individuals had received the COVID-19 vaccine under the National Vaccination Programme, bringing the total of 403,094 individuals – or 93.7 per cent of the population – having been inoculated with a single dose, while 344,914 individuals – or 80.2 per cent of the population – having completed their vaccination schedule.
Among the elderly, aged 60 and above, some 44,002 individuals – or 101.6 per cent of the population – have received a dose of the vaccine, while 41,931 – or 96.8 per cent of the population – are fully immunised.