COVID-19

Reintroduction of the AstraZeneca vaccine without an appointment for children 30-49 years old

As the coronavirus vaccination campaign continues, the Lebanese Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that it will resume the use of AstraZeneca on a “no appointment” basis for people between the ages of 30 and 49. The temporary vaccinations were temporarily introduced last Thursday. suspended for “logistic reasons”.

“The AstraZeneca vaccine can be reintroduced without an appointment after Lebanon receives a new batch of the product. Vaccinations will resume from tomorrow Thursday at all approved vaccination centers for people born between 1972 and 1991, ”the ministry said in a statement. …

Outgoing Health Minister Hamad Hassan tweeted in this context that 129,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 108,000 doses of Pfizer / BioNTech product have arrived in Beirut to “fight the fourth wave” of the pandemic, and that Over 290,000 more Pfizer vaccines will be received early next week. “I hope citizens will be wary of an increase in infection,” the minister wrote.

The Ministry of Health recalled that 24.2% of eligible people received the first dose since mid-February, and 15.8% are needed to achieve maximum full immunity with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik-V or Sinopharm products. These numbers are still considered low, and experts insist on the importance of vaccinations, in addition to adherence to public health measures, to avoid another peak in the epidemic due to the Delta variant.

To make the vaccination campaign more effective, the Ministry of Health has developed forms on Saturday so that Lebanese or Lebanese can make inquiries in case of special vaccination needs: to receive a vaccine for a different age group in which it is offered, receive a second dose in Lebanon after the first vaccination outside the country, bring two injectable doses closer in case of medical need or even when leaving the country abroad, to work there or to study at the university.

Experts believe that accelerating immunization is critical to curbing the spread of varieties as cases continue to rise in recent weeks. Lebanon also reported 539 new cases and one death in the past 24 hours, according to a Health Ministry report released Wednesday. It should be noted that 66 new infections come from abroad. Those numbers represent 552,328 cases of cumulative disease since February 2020, the date the pandemic began in the country. Among these cases, a total of 7,888 deaths. Statistics regarding cure, hospital admissions and positive results in relation to the number of screening tests will be published in another report after the holiday of Adha.

With the arrival of diaspora travelers and Lebanese in Lebanon, the authorities are also trying to strengthen preventive health measures. Middle East Airlines (MEA) in this context announced on Thursday that passengers boarding in the UK, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, India, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia, Liberia, Kenya, The Gambia and Sierra Leone should be provided with … with a reservation in one of the accredited hotels in Lebanon at your own expense for a period of four days (three nights). Passengers who have not booked a hotel room will not be able to fly.

As the coronavirus vaccination campaign continues, the Lebanese Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that it will resume taking AstraZeneca on a “no appointment” basis for people between the ages of 30 and 49. Vaccinations “seven days a week” were temporarily suspended for “logistical reasons” last Thursday. “Vaccine …


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