MANAMA, BAHRAIN- Bahrain’s Health Authorities have authorised the use of a booster dose of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for combatting the spread of the coronavirus.
This according to the state-run Bahrain News Agency, first time the Russian shot has been approved for a third dose, for those 18 and above who received their second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine at least six months ago.
The decision was taken in line with the latest COVID-19 developments and international best practices as reviewed by the Ministry of Health’s Vaccination Committee, in coordination with the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology, and Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.
The small island nation’s COVID-19 infections are decreasing, currently at 3% of their peak with 95 new infections reported on average each day, according to the Reuters COVID-19 Tracker.
There have been 272,709 infections and 1,388 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Bahrain, which has a population of roughly 1.7 million according to the World Bank.