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Vaccination expected to stay at 94.6pc for now

Izah Azahari

With the COVID-19 vaccination rate staying at 94.6 per cent, it is expected to remain so until children aged five to 11 receive the jabs.

This was said by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during a press conference yesterday.

He said, “We are now waiting for children aged five to 11 to be vaccinated. It will add to the current vaccination percentage.” The minister added that there may be a small number of individuals yet to receive the first dose while the rest are waiting for the second shots.

Regarding Pfizer’s recent announcement of an Omicron specific vaccine that will be ready in March, the minister said there is an agreement that the manufacturer will supply the Sultanate with the latest vaccine.

The minister said if there is another variant other than Omicron and a new vaccine is produced towards the end of the year, the manufacturer will supply it as agreed in the contract.

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