JEDDAH: Madinah residents have started receiving coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinations at a newly opened center.
Vaccines kicked off at the Nujood Medical Center on Sunday, a hospital named after the late Nujood Al-Khaibari, a nurse who passed away due to complications after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.
The center — which was launched by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman last July — also received the governor and deputy governor, who were given their first doses.
Fifty clinics have been designated to receive patients and over 1 million of the Kingdom’s residents have registered to receive the inoculation.
Meanwhile, the rollout program in Jeddah’s vaccine center has increased and no waiting period is now required.
Patients arriving on time are directed to clinics to receive either their first or second dose, which is followed by a short period to ensure that all is well following their inoculations. In total, the process takes less than 20 minutes according to many who have received the vaccine so far.
Approximately 300,000 people have been inoculated since the first phase of the vaccine rollout program kicked off in December.
“The vaccination is an important tool, the more members of the community receiving it, the quicker we’ll reach herd immunity, enough so to return to our normal lives,” said Ministry of Health spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly at Sunday’s press conference.
Al-Aly also warned that it is important that people continue to adhere to social distancing measures in order to reach optimal herd immunity and reduce all chances of another wave.
“Our adherence is our strongest feat and we have successfully gone through the challenging stages up to this point.”
Saudi Arabia reported 176 new confirmed of COVID-19 on Sunday, raising the total number of cases to 364,929. The Riyadh region reported the highest cases with 62 cases, Makkah followed with 34 cases and the Eastern Province reported 32 cases.
There are currently 1,919 active cases in the Kingdom, 319 of which are in critical care. Al-Aly said the decline in cases is stable, with a 96.4 percent decrease since the peak in mid-June. Critical cases are also maintaining a decline with a 86.2 percent drop.
There were 146 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 356,687. Five people have passed away due to complications from the infection. The Kingdom’s total number of mortalities is 6,323.