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JEDDAH: Equipped with trained staff members capable of handling thousands of coronavirus vaccinees at once, Saudi Arabia’s vaccination centers continue to easily provide their services to all residents of the Kingdom.
With the launch of the largest national vaccination campaign on December 18, the first center opened in Riyadh and the second at the south terminal of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah opened less than a week later. . Arab News visited the Jeddah site to learn more about the centre’s work.
Dr Mohammed Felemban, medical director of the King Abdulaziz International Airport Medical Surveillance Center, said a large number of vaccination points have been set up to reach as many people as possible.
“The first vaccination site has been launched in Jeddah at the south terminal of King Abdulaziz International Airport, with unlimited support from the leadership,” Felemban told Arab News. “Almost 83 vaccination points have been placed to date to ensure that all vaccines reach as many groups as possible.”
He added that the number of clinics will increase to more than 450.
Upon arrival, beneficiaries who have signed up for the vaccine through the ministry’s Sehaty app will go through a number of steps.
They will go through the entry point, where there will be a visual triage to check their temperatures and a registration site to confirm their information. Then there is a short waiting period before they are guided to their assigned clinic. After receiving the vaccine, recipients will go to a recovery area to wait 15 minutes before leaving the hospital.
Trained medical staff throughout the centre’s clinics are now caring for people over the age of 65, healthcare workers and people with chronic illnesses – the groups targeted in the first phase of vaccine deployment.

Saudi Arabia’s vaccination centers continue to easily provide their services to all residents of the Kingdom. (AN Photo / Huda Bashatah))

Dr Ahmed Hawsawi, director of the centre’s clinical program, explained the training that health workers received to handle the vaccine.
“All health professionals who work in this profession have undergone intensive training. We can call it technical training that covers the vaccine itself and all interactions with the vaccine in terms of efficacy, side effects and all preparation tactics, and so on, ”Hawsawi told Arab News.
The other aspect of technical training includes injection training, which teaches the use of needles and proper injection sites.
“All of the staff were well selected based on their clinical experience and the skills needed for the project,” he said.
Staff have also taken soft skills training, covering communication and assessment skills that help learn patients’ medical histories and answer questions.
Hawsawi added, “This education is not just about giving the first dose. Center staff receive ongoing support. There is an assigned member of the team who is responsible for ensuring that training is ongoing, and who continues the momentum of teaching, developing and even responding and mentoring staff on all that is necessary during their service in the centers. It is holistic training. “
The training also covers the relationships between the different teams within the center in an interdisciplinary manner. “We have an administration team, a customer service team and an information desk team. They all work together to start the service. “
Waleed Mutter, CEO of STC Specialized, received the vaccine on Monday. He signed up as soon as he heard the news of the deployment, and like many in the western region of the Kingdom, he waited his turn until he got the call to come to the center, a few days only after its opening.
“When the vaccine was made available, I registered,” he told Arab News. “I have full confidence in our government that it will not import anything that is not good for us. For this reason, I was one of the first people to sign up on day one. ”

HAUTELIGHTS

• Upon arrival, beneficiaries who have registered for the vaccine through the ministry’s Sehaty app will go through a number of steps.

• They will go through the entry point, where there will be a visual triage to check their temperatures and a registration site to confirm their information.

• Then there is a short waiting period before they are guided to their assigned clinic. After receiving the vaccine, recipients will go to a recovery area to wait 15 minutes before leaving the hospital.

He added, “When I signed up, everyone around me asked me why I did this? They said it was better to wait. I did not listen to them and I came to be vaccinated with confidence that it is good and of no consequence. As far as I’m concerned, this worry has occurred with every vaccine created.
Mutter applauded the center for its well-organized services and responsive staff. “The center is very organized. It didn’t even take me five minutes to reach the vaccination site. The team here is very cooperative and friendly, with a great welcome. I took the vaccine on my left arm and they told me to wait 15 minutes to monitor me because in the first 15 minutes after the vaccination there might be nausea and the like.
An Indian Business Development Manager at Zahid Travel, Shakeel Sultan, shared the same sentiment and was pleased with the organization of the center throughout his classes.
“I took my COVID-19 photo and am grateful for this arrangement. It’s excellent. I could see everything organized and on time. Hygiene, facilities, reception, parking; everything is perfect. I recommend people in my community and all my expatriate colleagues to avoid listening to rumors. Everything is fine. Go ahead and run away, ”he said.

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