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
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