Frontline health workers in Kuwait will not be obliged to get a vaccine against the coronavirus after its approval and arrival in the country, a local newspaper has said, citing government sources.
“A plan is being worked out regarding the categories targeted with receiving the approved vaccine in the initial stage after its delivery,” a source said, according to Al Qabas newspaper.
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The Health Ministry is considering the list of categories to be given the priority in getting the vaccine including the old people, the frontline health workers, and people with special needs.
“It is unlikely that medical and nursing teams will be obliged to receive it,” the source added, confirming that the shots will be optional for all categories.
90 per cent effective
Earlier this month, Kuwaiti media reported that after the drug maker Pfizer and biotechnology firm BioNTech announced that the COVID-19 vaccine they are working on has proven to be more than 90 per cent effective, Kuwait’s Ministry of Health has ordered around 1 million doses.
As Kuwait is preparing for parliamentary elections due on December 5, a commission in charge of the electoral process has endorsed related precautions against the spread of the coronavirus, the sources said.
They include committing personnel engaged in the process such as judges, media people, police and representatives of candidates to present a document proving they have done coronavirus-detecting PCR testing four days ahead of the Election Day at most.
Kuwait has yet to say if voters infected with the virus will be allowed to cast their ballots.
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