Saudi Arabia allows individuals to receive a booster shot immediately after recovering from COVID-19

DUBAI: People infected with COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to receive the booster dose immediately after recovery, Al-Arabiya TV reported citing the Saudi Ministry of Health.

Those who tested negative could receive the booster three months after taking the second dose.

Earlier on Thursday, the Home Office asked Kingdom citizens traveling outside the country to take a third dose from February 9.

“Exceptions to this rule include those under 16 and citizens who have an exempt status on the Tawakkalna app,” the report said.

Those who have taken the booster are considered “immune” in the country’s Tawakkalna app for people over 18 who were vaccinated more than eight months ago.

Saudi Arabia has confirmed 3,555 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, meaning 702,624 people have contracted the disease.

The ministry further confirmed three new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total death toll to 8,950 since the start of the pandemic.

The Health Ministry also announced that 4,023 patients have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 657,995.

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