KUWAIT CITY, May 18: Despite the recent increase in the daily vaccination rate in the country, the scarcity of ‘Oxford’ vaccine has been a major cause for concern for the health authorities in the country, after a large number of citizens and residents who should have received their second dose after waiting for more than three months and took to ‘#Win_My_Dose’ to demand their right to complete the vaccination. In an official statement in response to the hashtag, the Ministry of Health confirmed it has received the third batch of Oxford vaccines from a local agent this month and the vaccines have been sent for analysis and laboratory tests to ensure their safety and to ensure the vaccines were shipped and transported taking into account all procedures in the interest of everyone’s health.
The ministry said confirmed sending text messages with the dates to receive the second dose which does not exceed 4 months between the two doses. The ministry added the four-month extension of the time period between the two doses for the Oxford vaccine has occurred in many countries, including Canada, Turkey, Spain, France, Denmark and others, noting that studies have shown that the acquired immunity after the first dose of the Oxford vaccine remains high for a period of up to 4 months, but in order for the immunity to remain effective, it must be supplemented with the second dose.
The Ministry of Health affirmed it will not hesitate to do everything to ensure the health and safety of everyone, and it appreciates everyone’s understanding of all international developments regarding the manufacture and production of Covid-19 vaccines and ensuring continued supplies to countries of the world, and the conditions affecting a large number of countries in the world and countries in the region including Kuwait. On the other hand, a number of doctors have confirmed that the efficiency of the first dose of the Oxford vaccine begins to gradually decrease after more than 12 weeks of receiving the first dose, according to studies conducted by the University of Oxford in this regard. The doctors on their personal Twitter accounts posted the recent recommendations of the vaccination committee in the UK, which indicated the need to advance the date of the second dose of the Oxford vaccine to be after 8 weeks instead of 12 weeks, for those over the age of 50 years and for patients with chronic diseases as well, and to speed up the pace vaccination to reduce the spread and the possibility of the emergence of mutations resulting from the large number of infection transmission.
By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah Staff