KUWAIT CITY, Oct 19: In conjunction with the improvement in the COVID-19 epidemiological situation in the country, a health official revealed that there is a huge demand by the general public to register on the online platform designated for receiving winter vaccinations, which include vaccination against seasonal influenza and bacterial pneumonia (pneumococcal), especially after opening the registration door to the age group of 50 years and above, reports Al-Anba daily. He indicated that this reflects the increase in health awareness among large segments of society, especially after the start of the COVID-19 crisis early last year.
The official explained that the campaign is currently being carried out in 58 health centers. It was launched on October 7 and will continue until the end of December. These vaccinations are aimed at reducing the rate of infectious diseases prevalent during winter, and the mortality rates and complications resulting from them, especially among the groups most vulnerable to infections and complications. They are also aimed at reducing the number of admissions to hospital wards due to seasonal influenza.
The huge turnout is expected and acceptable so far. Daily vaccination rate differs from one center to another, but seven centers in Ahmadi Health Zone receive about 100 visitors per day each to receive influenza and pneumonia vaccinations. He affirmed that all vaccinations available in health centers are safe and effective, and have no significant side effects, adding that their efficacy has been proven for many years in all countries of the world. The official highlighted that seasonal influenza vaccination does not prevent COVID-19 infection but reduces the possibility of influenza infection by a large percentage.