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New coronavirus vaccine center opens in Jeddah

Arab News
Thu, 2021-06-10 00:09

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Wednesday inaugurated a new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination center at Prince Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium, south of Jeddah.
The inauguration took place in the presence of Dr. Meshal Al-Sayali, director general of Jeddah Health Affairs, and a number of health officials as part of the national campaign to fight the pandemic.
The opening of the center comes amid growing demand for the vaccine and a rise in the number of people registering on the Sehhaty app.
The new center is managed by specialist medical staff and designed to receive large numbers of beneficiaries. It includes 60 clinics and can vaccinate up to 15,000 people per day.
Al-Rabiah also inspected the workflow at East Jeddah General Hospital, where he visited the emergency and physiotherapy wards, and the respiratory care center.
The minister also toured the General Medical Authority and the COVID-19 vaccine center at King Abdul Aziz Hospital in Jeddah.
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday reported 15 more COVID-19-related deaths, taking the overall toll to 7,503.
There were 1,274 new cases, meaning that 461,242 people in the country have now contracted the disease. A total of  9,929 cases remained active, of which 1,565 patients were in critical condition.
Of the newly recorded cases, 437 were in Makkah, 277 in Riyadh, 180 in the Eastern Province and 87 in Madinah.
In addition, the ministry said 1,028 patients had recovered from the disease, increasing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 443,810.
Saudi Arabia so far has conducted 20,021,161 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, with 92,124 carried out in the past 24 hours.
Testing hubs and treatment centers set up throughout the country have dealt with hundreds of thousands of people since the COVID-19 outbreak.
Among them, Taakad (make sure) centers provide COVID-19 testing for those who show no or only mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual. Tetamman (rest assured) clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.
Appointments for both services can be made via the ministry’s Sehhaty app.
A total of 15,267,184 people in the country have received a jab against COVID-19.

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