JEDDAH: The Saudi Health Ministry’s Tettamman (Rest Assured) clinics have so far provided health care to 1,185,844 people in Jeddah who suspected they had COVID-19.
The 15 clinics are dedicated solely to treating those with COVID-19 symptoms, such as shortness of breath and a high temperature. They are open to treat Saudis, expats and residency violators.
Meanwhile, the ministry has started an awareness campaign for people to get vaccinated against seasonal flu.
The campaign, titled “Let’s Have a Safe Season,” targets all Saudis and expats, but especially those who are prone to catching COVID-19.
The ministry said flu vaccines are available in health centers, and are free and safe for all without any side effects.
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The seasonal flu vaccine does not prevent people from contracting the flu, but rather reduces its severity and the possibility of catching it.
The ministry said it is necessary to take the vaccine while also avoiding crowded places, washing hands well, avoiding touching the eyes and mouth directly, using tissues when sneezing and coughing, and ensuring cleanliness.
Through this campaign, the ministry hopes to increase the number of vaccinated people through health centers and hospitals, and to reduce the rate of infected people and the number of hospitalizations due to seasonal flu.
Saudi Arabia recorded 29 new COVID-19-related deaths on Monday, raising the total to 4,712.
There were 455 new cases reported in the Kingdom, meaning 333,648 people have now contracted the disease. There are 11,090 active cases, 1,034 of them in critical condition.
According to the ministry, 52 of the newly recorded cases were in Jeddah, while Madinah recorded 48 and Makkah 35.
The ministry also announced that 841 more patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 317,846.
Saudi Arabia has conducted 6,392,497 polymerase chain reaction tests, with 44,112 carried out in the last 24 hours.