KUWAIT CITY, March 28: The government has defined the ‘equation’ for returning to normal life — getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and continuing the implementation of health regulations, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources from the health sector. Sources said the Kuwait Vaccination Center at the exhibition grounds in Mishref has been witnessing massive turnout of citizens and expatriates for several days. Sources affirmed that “the path towards returning to normal life is now known and determined.
People must be vaccinated in conjunction with continuous adherence to health regulations until community immunity is achieved through the vaccination of about 70 percent of the population.” Sources pointed out that the rate of corona virus infection among medical personnel, who have completed vaccination, is “almost zero.” They asserted this is a manifestation of the effectiveness and usefulness of vaccination, recalling the epidemiological situation during the same period last year when infections were still being announced among workers in the medical sector.
Sources expect a remarkable acceleration of the vaccination pace starting from the beginning of next month, especially with the launching of vaccination campaigns for workers in commercial establishments towards the end of March. Sources disclosed those entering Kuwait who received one dose of the vaccine in the country where they came from will be allowed to take the second dose as scheduled, provided they take the same type of vaccine and present proof of receiving the first dose. Within the framework of the Ministry of Health’s efforts to expand the vaccination platforms; sources confirmed the continuation of negotiations to reserve Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines, as well as to ensure that these vaccines arrive in Kuwait once they are approved.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Community Development has decided to allow the private nurseries to open when the government schools return to business as usual and called on the ministry schools to prepare the schools from June until August 2021 to receive the students, says Al-Seyassah. The ministry said in a statement during this period the schools must be fully sterilized and all health guidelines must be respected in addition to determining the number of children in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Health.
A representative of the Kuwait Nurseries Group, Hanan Al-Maahka, has requested the ministry not to link the return of nurseries to the return of the school citing difference in the two activities and said the nurseries be allowed to return in mid-April. She said the nurseries are care homes that provide care and foster services for the child, from birth to the pre-school stage through specialized early childhood programs.