Kuwait Times, Thursday, Jun 17, 2021 | Zul Qaadah 6, 1442
Adolescents aged 12-15 to be vaccinated from August
Kuwait: Health Ministry Undersecretary Dr Mustafa Redha said a
plan has been set in line with global recommendations and specialized bodies’
guidelines to vaccinate pregnant women and children aged 12-15 against COVID-19.
Speaking during a news conference on the latest developments on the health
situation, Dr Redha elaborated that global studies and recommendations showed
the safety of vaccines for children.
Dr Redha revealed registration for vaccinating adolescents will begin in July
and the vaccination process will start in August. During the next period,
vaccines will be optionally given to pregnant women, as studies have proven the
safety of vaccines for this category, he added.
Dr Redha said Kuwait has launched more than 30 centers to provide coronavirus
vaccines to people across the country. The ministry has made many efforts that
led to a decline in the death rate to one percent of total infected cases, he
said. Since announcing the first COVID-19 case, the ministry has been ready to
deal with the pandemic by increasing the number of beds, intensive care units,
ambulances and field hospitals, and providing medications and accredited
vaccines, he affirmed.
The ministry has been keen to declare transparently the number of infections and
patients in hospitals and ICUs, Dr Redha said, adding up to 43,000 vaccine doses
were given to people on Monday, which reflects the rapid pace of the vaccination
Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Affairs Dr Buthainah Al-Mudhaf
said the ministry is following up the epidemical situation in Kuwait and the
world. She noted that there was an increase in cases and patients at hospitals
and ICUs over the past two weeks. The stability of the epidemical situation is
related to abidance by health requirements to return to normal life, she
Asked about worries of returning to the first phase of the coronavirus plan
after detecting the Delta variant of COVID-19, Dr Mudhaf pointed out that the
public health sector assesses the epidemical situation based on indicators like
the spread of the virus and the number of patients in hospitals and ICUs.
Health Ministry Spokesman Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad urged people to receive the
vaccination, wear facemasks, use hand sanitizers and avoid gatherings to control
the virus. Professor of Pediatrics Khaled Al-Said revealed that 90.5 percent of
patients in hospitals, 89.4 percent in ICUs and 99.1 percent of those who died
were not vaccinated.
A study on Monday showed that those who have received two shots of the Oxford-AstraZeneca
vaccine are protected from being hospitalized by 92 percent, and those who
obtained two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are immunized by 94 percent
despite the presence of mutated strains, Said said. On the effects of the
genetic mutation of the virus, he stressed that the epidemical situation is
permanently monitored, noting that events like gatherings help spread the virus
Meanwhile, the first direct commercial flights from Kuwait to the United Kingdom
will begin today since they were suspended in January due to the emergence of a
new COVID-19 strain. Flights between the two countries will resume after the
Cabinet’s decision last week instructing the Directorate General of Civil
Aviation (DGCA) to allow direct flights to the UK.
In light of this decision, Kuwaiti airlines have begun preparing for summer
flights to London, especially as it is one of the favorite destinations for many
Kuwaitis. The Kuwait-London-Kuwait is one of the oldest routes operated by
Kuwait Airways – since 1964. In remarks to KUNA yesterday, DGCA Director for
Planning and Projects Affairs Saad Al-Otaibi said Kuwait Airways, Jazeera
Airways and British Airways are the three companies licensed to operate direct
flights to Heathrow Airport.
Otaibi urged all passengers to register on the Kuwait Mosafer platform, in
addition to the Shlonik app, 24 hours before their departure. Otaibi said the
total number of passengers at Kuwait International Airport amounted to 92,306 in
May, an increase of 193 percent compared to May 2020. The number of flights
reached 2,069, an increase of 96 percent compared to May of last year, he added.