The Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday the start of registration for the Covid-19 vaccine, starting today. For all citizens and diasporas of the Kingdom it will be administered in three stages. The ministry said obtaining the vaccine is free for all citizens and expatriates, in implementation of the directions of the Kingdom’s wise leadership, the Saudi news agency reported.
The ministry confirmed the safety and efficacy of the vaccine after the actual passing of the vaccine testing phases, and successful tests showed its strong immune and antibody response in those who received test shots.
The ministry made it clear that the vaccination will be administered in three stages and that each stage has targeted groups. The first phase will concern citizens and expatriates over the age of 65; health and other professionals who are more vulnerable to infection during their fight with the pandemic; people who are obese and have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40.
The target group of the second phase includes citizens and expatriates over the age of 50; the remaining health care workers and those who have any of the following chronic diseases: asthma, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, chronic heart disease including coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and active cancer and those who have obesity and have a BMI between 30 – 40.