No deaths have been reported in Kuwait since the Kovid vaccine was injected, the health ministry said. The explanation comes in the wake of false news on social media in this regard. According to the ministry, the body acquires immunity only gradually after vaccination. Some protection is available after the first dose. It takes 10 to 14 days after receiving the second dose to achieve full immunity.
The Kuwait Kovid Vaccination Campaign was launched two months ago. The Ministry of Health has been monitoring the vaccine recipients from the very beginning. No serious side effects have been reported in the country so far, the ministry said.
So far, five batches of Pfizer BioNtech vaccines have arrived in Kuwait. Five and a half lakh vaccines have already been made available. The Pfizer vaccine is usually given to people over 65 years of age and between 16 and 17 years of age. Oxford vaccine is being distributed to people over 18 years of age. A shipment of Oxford Wax with two lakh doses has already arrived in Kuwait. The second batch is expected to arrive in the first week of March with four lakh doses.
As of last week, 1.7 lakh people had been vaccinated. Of those vaccinated in the country, 86.8 per cent are foreigners. According to the Ministry of Health, the vaccine has been introduced for the elderly and the chronically ill from the diaspora after locals themselves came out against the authorities’ discrimination against foreigners in the distribution of vaccines. More than five lakh people in the country have already registered for the vaccine. Most of them are expatriates.