COVID-19 vaccine secure, safe: Omani Health Minister

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Muscat, Jan. 3 (BNA): Omani Health Minister, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al-Sa’eedi, has said that 7,600 people have been vaccinated against coronavirus (Covid-19) so far, noting that no unknown side-effects have been reported.


He added that the vaccine (PfizerbioNTech) has been distributed in all governorates of the Sultanate and that it is safe and secure.  


In a statement to the Oman News Agency (ONA), the minister, who went on tour of Bausher Polyclinic, said that there was a large turnout of citizens and residents wishing to get the vaccine today, the 8th day of the immunisation campaign that kicked off last Sunday.


Dr. Ahmed reaffirmed that Oman has an established immunisation record and that the Sultanate topped a total of 127 countries in the management of immunisations. No vaccine was introduced in the Sultanate before consulting specialised studies and clinical experiences. Vaccines given in Oman are registered in their countries of origin, he added.


As many as 4 million people took PfizerbioNTech and, so far, no serious side-effects have been registered, said Dr. Ahmed, who urged target segments of society to take the vaccine, in health centres, and to ignore rumours. He reminded all to keep wearing face masks, wash hands with soap or detergents and to maintain physical distance.