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Egypt approves coronavirus booster shots for most vulnerable groups
25 November 2021

Egypt has approved the administering of a third booster shot for COVID-19 vaccines for the most vulnerable groups in the country, acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said on Wednesday.


The booster shots will be made available to patients who suffer from immunodeficiency, patients undergoing immunosuppressive therapy, the elderly, and healthcare workers, provided that they took their first shot at least six months ago.


Minister Abdel-Ghaffar said that the booster shots will be made available in light of studies confirming their efficacy.


The statement did not say when the shots would be available to the public, but health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar has said it should be within days.


Egypt launched a mass vaccination drive in January, setting up over 1,000 inoculation centres nationwide and dozens of mobile clinics with the aim of vaccinating 40 million of its population by the end of 2021.


The vaccination program has so far administrated some 44.2 million shots, Minister Abdel-Ghaffar told a cabinet meeting today.


Source: Al-Ahram Online