Manama> The Kovid vaccine is not available to the 190,000 expatriates living illegally in Kuwait. The reason is that they are not able to register for the vaccine on the website of the Ministry of Health as the iqama (residence document) has expired.
It is a matter of concern that so many people are out of the vaccine during the national vaccination campaign in the country. It also thwarts the nation’s goal of hardy immunity. The deadline for legalizing the stay of illegal immigrants has been extended to May 15. Interior Minister Tamar al-Ali said those who correct the condition during this period can register for the vaccine.
Kovid cases have been on the rise recently among foreigners. Authorities warned that they would endanger the health and safety of the community if they were not vaccinated. They also requested that the status quo be rectified as soon as possible.
In Kuwait, with a population of 47 million, widespread vaccinations against the coronavirus began in December. Recently, the number of cases in the country has increased. In Kuwait, 2,56,404 people have been diagnosed with the disease so far. Of these, 1,511 died.
Authorities have set up mobile vaccination units targeting church workers and employees of various commercial establishments who have direct contact with the public as part of efforts to expedite vaccinations.
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