NEOM – – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced a three – phase COVID-19 vaccination program, as it began registering citizens and foreign residents after approving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
People aged over 65 as well as those with chronic ailments of at a high risk of infection will receive the vaccine in the first stage, and those aged over 50 in the second, the official Saudi Press Agency said.
Everyone else will be vaccinated in the third stage, SPA said citing the health ministry, without specifying the dates for each phase or how long the mass campaign would take.
The ministry opened registration for the vaccination campaign through an online application called ‘Sehaty’, and said the vaccine would be ‘free for all citizens and residents’.
Last week, the kingdom approved the use of the vaccine developed by US pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
Britain, Canada and the US have also approved the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine and have already launched mass inoculation campaigns. Neighboring Jordan green – lighted the drug late Monday.