Efforts underway to vaccinate everyone in Bahrain

Bahrain has launched pioneering clinical trials to study and monitor the effects of the vaccine

  
Men leave after they received dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC), in Manama, Bahrain December 24, 2020.

Men leave after they received dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC), in Manama, Bahrain December 24, 2020.

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Efforts are underway to ensure that everyone in Bahrain is vaccinated against Covid-19, assured a top official.

However, appointments are being rescheduled based on available stocks, said Health Ministry Under-Secretary and National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (Covid-19) member Dr Waleed Al Manea.

He was speaking at a Press conference from the Crown Prince Centre for Training and Medical Research at the BDF Hospital yesterday.

“The availability of vaccines keeps changing but efforts continue to provide more,” he said.

“There has been a restructuring of the vaccination schedule based on available stocks with administrative, manufacturing and logistics all playing a role in the process.

“We want to reassure the public that the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in Bahrain soon and the schedule will be reassessed so there is no problem.”

Dr Al Manea also said there was a misconception among some people that after taking the vaccines they can relax.

“We don’t want people to think that taking the vaccine means that measures will be relaxed as implementing the measures is critical to ensure we overcome this pandemic.

“We need more people to register for the vaccines in order to achieve community immunity.”

Meanwhile, taskforce monitoring committee head Lieutenant Colonel Dr Manaf Al Qahtani reaffirmed that those with chronic illnesses are given priority to receive the vaccine.

He also highlighted that Bahrain has launched pioneering clinical trials to study and monitor the effects of the vaccine. “All diseases have their own specifications but no dangers have been recorded in terms of the vaccine,” he said.

He added that the Pfizer vaccine was being administered only at the King Hamad University Hospital and people were asked to stay back 15 to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccination to monitor any adverse reaction since the vaccine was not part of the trials in Bahrain.

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