Saudi Arabia to give fourth Covid-19 jab to people over 50

The second booster appointments are available immediately…

Saudi Arabia is offering a fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccines to residents and citizens over 50 years old, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday.

The ministry added that those eligible who wish to take the jab may do so after completing eight months since taking the first booster dose. Appointments can be booked through the Sehhaty mobile app.

However, no news has been revealed as to when the second booster will be made available to the rest of the population in the Kingdom.

In addition, it was also announced recently that the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) had approved the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for children aged six to 11 years old as part of its ongoing efforts to combat the pandemic within the Kingdom. The new legislation was passed on April 6.

Moderna was first approved in the Kingdom in July 2021 for individuals aged above 18 years old. But the SFDA has now approved it for younger people after its positive outcomes.

Children between the ages of five and 11 were given their first official dose of the approved Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in December last year.

In early March, the Health Ministry also updated the Covid-19 related travel requirements. For example, travellers arriving in Saudi Arabia would no longer have to show proof of a negative PCR test result received before their departure for the Kingdom.

Passengers would, however, still need to be vaccinated and wear masks on flights.

Saudi health authorities have registered 753,632 COVID-19 infections and 9,082 deaths since the pandemic broke out in the country in March 2020.