Saudi Arabia opens registration for Covid-19 vaccine

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SAUDI Arabia yesterday began registering citizens and residents for free Covid-19 vaccines, the country’s Health Ministry said in a statement.

Anadolu Agency reported that according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), a ministry statement said the registration will be carried out in three stages, each targeting a specific group of citizens based on age, weight, immunity and chronic diseases.

People aged over 65, as well as those with chronic ailments or at a high risk of infection will receive

the vaccine in the first stage, and those aged over 50 in the second, the official SPA said.

Everyone else will be vaccinated in the third stage, SPA said citing the Health Ministry, without specifying the dates for each phase or how long the mass campaign would take.

The Gulf kingdom has a population of more than 34 million, according to official figures.

The ministry opened registration for the vaccination campaign through an online application called Sehaty, and said the vaccine would be “free for all citizens and residents”.

The statement also stated that the ministry stresses on the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, saying it has successfully passed all testing stages and contains a strong immune response against the virus.

The Gulf kingdom has so far registered 360,013 virus infections, including 6,059 deaths, and 350,792 recoveries.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia said it will be one of the first countries to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.