Covid-19 vaccine booster dose- CC via Flickr/ Marco Verch Professional Photographer
CAIRO- 17 December 2021: Egypt’s Cabinet approved to give COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for those who were fully-vaccinated more than six months ago.
Acting Minister of Health Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said during a Cabinet meeting on Thursday that SMSs will be sent to those people to be notified about the time and the place of receiving the third dose, according to a Cabinet statement.
The Acting Minister said that 23 million booster doses will be provided until June 30, 2022.
He also added that the crime of forging a COVID-19 vaccination certificate is punishable up by imprisonment.
On Thursday evening, the Health Ministry said 901 new coronavirus cases were detected in 24 hours in Egypt, upping the total number of infections to 372,599.
Health Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said 31 patients died from the virus over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 21,234.
As many as 695 patients were discharged from hospitals after receiving medical care, taking the number of recoveries to 310,049, it added.
Earlier in December, Acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar revealed that Egypt has received about 98.4 million doses of coronavirus vaccines since the beginning of the pandemic in Egypt early this year.
He added that the ministry has already used 48 million doses in vaccination so far, with about 51 million doses remaining ready for use.