May 5, 2021 healthcare

MoH is looking into combining vaccines

Due to vaccine shipment delays and vaccine shortages, the Ministry of Health (MoH) is faced with limited options to continue the vaccination campaign against the Coronavirus at the current rapid pace to achieve herd immunity to control the spread of the epidemic in the country, Al Qabas daily reported.

The ministry is developing a protocol to deal with vaccine shipment delays seriously, and there arises the possibility of combining two different vaccines, as well as extending vaccination durations between two doses by giving a booster dose after a specific time period.

Government sources confirmed to Al-Qabas daily that a study will be concluded soon on the possibility of giving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine to those who first received the Oxford vaccine, in case the Oxford vaccine shipments are delayed for a longer period than expected.

The sources said that the option of combining vaccines will be officially approved within days, explaining that among the most suitable vaccine selections to be administered in combination with the Oxford vaccine are Pfizer and Moderna.

There are countries with medical personnel in the field that have introduced vaccine combinations at a time when other countries are currently requesting studies to be done on combining vaccines.


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