Oman bans Unvaccinated people from workplace without Covid-19 vaccine certificate: MOH

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Muscat: The 28th Press Conference of the Supreme Committee on Covid-19

Speakers –

H.E Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed AL Saeedi – Miniter of Health, Member of the Supreme Committee.

Dr. Saif bin Salim Al Abri – Director General of Disease Surveilliance and Control Ministry of Health

Mr. Bader bin Saif Al Rawahi – Director of Communicable Disease Ministry of Health

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Miniter of Health: 

We would like to extend our profound appreciation and thanks to H.M Sultan Haitham bin Tariq for His continuous support and insightful directives to the Supreme Committee.

Yesterday, Sunday (69) Positive Covid-19 cases were reported and one (1) admitted to the hospital.

(11) patients admitted to all health institutions, and (2) admitted in ICU

(49) days passed without deaths reported, but (1) death case of an unvaccinated patient was reported in the past (2) days.

Plenty of Omicron variant cases are reported in Oman.

Compared to other Covid-19 variants. Preliminary indications tells that the severity of Omicron may be less dangerous, yet its fast prevalence will exhaust the health institutions if we don’t comply as required.

The number of vaccines doses given in the Sultanate of Oman reached 6,129,076

96% of the targeted Omani citizens received the first dose, and 90% of them received the second dose.

As for residents of the Sultanate, 90% of whom received the first dose and 83% received the second dose.

As for the third and booster dose, the number of people who received this dose reached 95,277 doses.

Those who have not received two doses of the vaccines approved in the Sultanate of Oman shall not be allowed to enter their workplaces.

Vaccination centers are open in all Governorates and Wilayats of the Sultanate, and vaccination is available free of charge to citizens and residents there are no excuses for not taking the vaccination.

The decisions of the Supreme Committee are based on scientific foundation. We relay a lot on the awareness of citizens and residents in our beloved country. Everyone is aware of the seriousness of the virus and the preventive measures to contain it.

So far, there is no tendency to make the third and booster dose mandatory, but studies have shown that the third and booster dose increase protection against the Omicron variant.

The decisions of the Supreme Committee shall be enforced until January 31, 2022 if the situation dose not change for the worse. All of these decision may be changed in light of the local, regional and global epidemiological situation.

Those who suffer from any respiratory symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, and fever shall stay at home and isolate themselves to protect themselves and the community as these symptoms are similar to those of the new variant.

It is too early to talk about he fourth dose or the annual dose.

Covid-19 may go in the same direction of H1N1

The decisions fo the Supreme Committee examine all the data available and based on the data of the local, regional and international epidemiological situation they are not based on predictions.

Colleagues in the healthcare sector are following up the latest developments in Covid-19 treatment. Any drug or vaccine that proves to be effective and safe will be directly ordered with no delay.

The first cases recorded of Omicron in the Sultanate of Oman are related to travel

The travel ban delays they arrival of the virus to countries that have not yet recorded it. Therefore our decision to suspend arrivals from some countries was cancelled for scientific reasons.

Decisions can be changed deepening on our adherence to the precautionary measures.

Studies in some countries have shown that unvaccinated person infected with Covid-19 are more likely to die 40% more than those vaccinated.

The relaxed measures of movement between the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates are still valid. These measures are only for citizens of the two countries, they include the validity of the PCR test for a period of 14 days.

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