Cairo: About 18% of Kuwait’s 4.6 million people have refrained from getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as the country steps up efforts to maintain a stable epidemiological situation, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported, citing government sources.
A ministerial committee tasked with fighting the coronavirus in Kuwait is looking for a mechanism to communicate with those abstaining from vaccination in an attempt to change their perception of vaccination, Al Qabas said citing these sources.
“This percentage of vaccine opponents is still normal,” said a source.
In recent months, Kuwait has seen a marked drop in viral infection rates, attributed to rapid mass vaccinations.
Authorities recently started giving boosters to people on condition that six months have passed since they got the second dose of vaccination.
More than 230,000 citizens and expatriates have so far obtained the booster injections in Kuwait, Al Qabas said.
“The government will redouble its efforts to speed up the delivery of the booster injections after a drop in the immunity of those who had received the two doses previously,” said a source. People who have received the injections for at least six months receive text messages from the anti-coronavirus committee urging them to receive the booster injections.
Kuwaiti authorities have said the new COVID-19 Omicron strain has not been detected in the country and have suspended flights from nine African countries.