Saudi Arabia to provide free coronavirus vaccines in pharmacies


Published: 2021-03-04 10:43

Last Updated: 2021-04-14 12:23

Credit: Reuters
Credit: Reuters

According to statements made to Al-Arabiya by Saudi Arabia's Minister of Health Tawfik Al-Rabiah, the Kingdom will provide coronavirus vaccines in pharmacies in all areas free of charge.

Al-Rabiah added that this move comes as a part of efforts to expand the national vaccination campaign and facilitate access to vaccine sites, while encouraging people to get vaccinated.

Saudi Arabia has inoculated more than one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines throughout 405 vaccination sites and centers across the Kingdom, according to the Ministry of Health.

In the Kingdom, over 100 vaccine centers were opened since the beginning of the vaccination campaign on Dec. 17.

Additionally, a number of universities across Saudi Arabia are preparing to open coronavirus vaccination centers to support the inoculation drive, said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) last week.

Within these university vaccine centers, jabs will be available to faculty members and the public.

Doses will be administered according to priority and age group, and as per the approved electronic systems.

Notably, all non-Saudi citizens and expatriates who have valid residency permits are illegible to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the Kingdom and can register to receive the dose on the “Sehaty” application.

So far, Saudi Arabia has recorded 378,002 COVID-19 cases and 6,505 deaths.