Kuwait vaccinates all citizens, expats over 65: official

Kuwait says it has vaccinated all citizens, expats over 65
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11 April, 2021
A total of 1,210,155 citizens and residents of Kuwait have registered for vaccination, a health ministry spokesman said.
Kuwait has opened a total of 22 vaccination centres so far [Getty]

Kuwait has vaccinated all citizens and expats over the age of 65 who registered to have the injection, health ministry spokesman Dr Abdullah Al Sanad told reporters on Sunday.

A total of 1,210,155 citizens and residents of Kuwait have registered for vaccination so far, he was cited by Gulf News as saying.

Al Sanad added that a further seven vaccination centres have been opened as of Sunday, following a second shipment of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine last week.

A total of 22 vaccination centres have now been opened in the tiny Gulf state to serve its population of around 4.5 million.

Kuwait recently stepped up efforts to vaccinate its population, with a government aim of vaccinating two million people by September. But the sheikhdom has come under criticism for alleged discrimination against foreigners in its vaccine rollout.

Foreigners form the backbone of Kuwait's economy and make up 70 percent of its population.

An Associated Press report earlier this month said that of some 238,000 foreigners who had registered online to book a vaccine appointment, only 18,000 of them - mostly doctors, nurses and well-connected workers in state oil companies - were actually called in to receive the vaccine, while some 119,000 Kuwaitis were vaccinated.

Kuwait has not released a demographic breakdown of vaccinated foreigners versus Kuwaitis since outrage over the inequality erupted in mid-February, only overall vaccination statistics.

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