Vaccines are considered a major breakthrough in the field of medical care. It protects us against diseases.
The smallpox vaccine was the first vaccine to be used in the history of Saudi Arabia.
Salman al-Mutairi, a Saudi researcher and trainer in the field of patient safety, told International media outlet Al-Arabiya.net that the history of vaccines in Saudi Arabia dates back to 1925 when the government began focusing on health care and medical care. The first vaccine in the country was used in 1939 to protect against smallpox.
Al-Mutairi added that the founder of the kingdom, King Abdulaziz Al Saud, established a public health department by royal decree, headquartered in Makkah. A few years later, in 1925, the Directorate of Public Health and Emergency was established. The aim was to focus on health and the environment and to establish hospitals and health centres across the country.
According to a Saudi researcher, the vaccine program linked to the birth certificate has received a lot of attention from the government. Two royal decrees were also issued in this regard in 1979 and 1983. Under them, the issuance of birth certificates was linked to the completion of a basic vaccine course. Later, in 1988, a third royal decree was issued to protect all children from viral liver infections through vaccines.
The largest vaccine campaign against the coronavirus began in Saudi Arabia on Thursday. The first phase of the campaign will vaccinate people over the age of 65 and those working in occupations who are at high risk of contracting the disease.