The Saudi Ministry of Health opened registration for Covid-19 vaccinations. The vaccine will be provided free to all Saudi residents and citizens, with registration via the Sehhaty mobile application.
Saudi Arabia plans to administer the vaccine over three stages, focusing on three groups.
The first stage prioritizes citizens and residents over 65 years of age and professionals who are most vulnerable to infection.
The next stage targets those over 50 and remaining health practitioners.
The third stage will be for remaining residents who wish to be vaccinated.
The UAE was the first country to issue government approval of the Sinopharm vaccine, on December 9, citing preliminary research showing it to be 86 per cent effective.