No one will be left behind in Bahrain's fight against COVID-19 | THE DAILY TRIBUNE | KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

No one will be left behind in Bahrain's fight against COVID-19

TDT | Manama

The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com

A steady stream of citizens and foreign residents are entering the big halls of each of the 27 health centres across the Kingdom of Bahrain from morning until late afternoon.

There are large, airy waiting rooms with numbers flashing across big screens and people while observing social distancing, are inoculated within minutes. It’s a scene that is being repeated every day as the country goes into mass vaccine overdrive to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and ensure the safety of all.

COVID-19 vaccination services are being administered at stretches of 10 hours a day from 8 am to 6 pm, including Friday and Saturday.

Due to a high turnout of would-be recipients, the vaccination walk-in service at designated health centres has been suspended.

Vaccination now requires prior appointments that can be booked online via the website: healthalert.gov.bh.

The online portal enables those registering to select their preferred health centre and the type of vaccine – Sinopharm or Pfizer – they wish to receive.

The vaccination is available free of charge to all citizens and foreign residents aged 18 years and above.

Bahrain aims to vaccinate 1.5 million of its 1.7 million residents, targetting around 5,000 people per day, to be maximised to 10,000.

Around 679,000 expatriates and 712,000 Bahrainis are slated to get the vaccine.

Health authorities stressed the importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of the country’s efforts to stem the pandemic.