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Health Ministry Recommends Second Booster Shot for Elderly, People with Comorbid Conditions

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection has recommended the adoption of a second anti-COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for the elderly and those with co-morbidity factors, to ensure protection against this virus.

According to a statement from the Ministry, this decision comes within the framework of updating the national strategy of vaccination against the new coronavirus, to consolidate the achievements made by our country in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and in light of recent developments in the epidemiological situation.

In this regard, and based on the recommendations of the Scientific Committee, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection calls on people over 60 years -in particular- as well as people with co-morbid conditions from 18 years, to take a booster dose of vaccine against Covid-19 six months after receiving the third dose.

The Ministry also calls on incompletely vaccinated people to promptly take a third dose of “booster” vaccine four months after receiving the second dose.

For those with recently confirmed Covid-19 infection, they can receive a booster dose four weeks after the end of the infection episode.

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare emphasizes to citizens the need to respect preventive measures such as the correct use of masks in closed public spaces and during gatherings, while ensuring hand washing and physical distancing, especially on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha and the summer vacations to preserve a safe situation for all and avoid any epidemiological relapse.

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