26 more vaccination centers opened in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region to fight COVID-19

26 more vaccination centers opened in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region to fight COVID-19
More than 200 health workers have volunteered to help administer vaccination shots at the new centers in Asir. (SPA)
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Updated 11 March 2021

26 more vaccination centers opened in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region to fight COVID-19

26 more vaccination centers opened in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region to fight COVID-19
  • Among the testing hubs, Taakad (make sure) centers provide COVID-19 tests for those who show no or only mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual

JEDDAH: Asir Health Affairs opened 26 more vaccination centers on Tuesday bringing the total number of facilities operating in the region to 32.
The Saudi Ministry of Health has invited all Saudis and expats to register for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine through its Sehaty app. They will receive a text message within 48 hours giving them an appointment date.
More than 200 health workers have volunteered to help administer vaccination shots at the new centers. The volunteers are also supporting technical and administrative teams by receiving beneficiaries, organizing entry and exit for patients and assisting the elderly and people with disabilities.
To participate in volunteer work, register via the Health Ministry’s volunteering platform.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia reported 390 new cases as 192 were in Riyadh, followed by the Eastern Province (61), Makkah (58), and Madinah (12).
The Health Ministry on Tuesday reported five more virus-related deaths as the national death toll now stands at 6,539.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia reported 390 new cases on Tuesday.

• Saudis and expats in the Kingdom continue to receive their jabs of the vaccine as 1,557,743 doses have been administered so far.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Saudi health authorities have set up testing hubs and treatment centers to help thousands of people across the Kingdom.
Among the testing hubs, Taakad (make sure) centers provide COVID-19 tests for those who show no or only mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual.
Tetamman (rest-assured) clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms, such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.
Appointments to either service can also be made through the ministry’s Sehhaty app.
Saudis and expats in the Kingdom continue to receive their jabs of the vaccine as 1,557,743 doses have been administered so far.

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