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COVID-19 Vaccination

Government-directed requirements to enter JHAH

In accordance with the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and Ministry of Health (MOH) directions, new COVID-19 immunization requirements to access to JHAH are in effect. Read more

Vaccination at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare

Aligned with the Ministry of Health (MOH), JHAH now offers COVID-19 Pfizer booster vaccinations to Saudi Aramco employees and their eligible dependents aged 18 years or older, who have received their second dose at least six months ago.

COVID-19 vaccination for children

First and second COVID-19 vaccination shots are available at JHAH for children aged 12 years or older, who are eligible Saudi Aramco employee dependents.

How to book an appointment for the Pfizer booster dose

you can book your appointment using MyChart if you are registered for care at JHAH. You can also contact our call center at 800-305-4444 to book an appointment.

Conditions to receive the Pfizer booster dose of the vaccine

  • Be a Saudi Aramco employees or any of their eligible dependents
  • Be 18 years or older
  • At least six months passed since you received the second dose

How can I book a  COVID-19 vaccination appointment for my eligible child?

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children who are eligible Saudi Aramco employee dependents and are aged 12 years or older.

You can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for your children using MyChart if you are registered for care at JHAH. You can also contact our call center at 800-305-4444 and book an appointment.

Where can my eligible children get the COVID-19 vaccination?

Children between 12 and 17 years old who are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at JHAH, can get vaccinated at our locations in Dhahran, Al-Hasa, Abqaiq, and Ras Tanura. See more details under ‘Where and when can I get vaccinated?’.

How can I prepare my child for the COVID-19 vaccination?

Make sure your child is ready to receive the vaccine before arriving for their appointment. Please ensure that a guardian accompanies them to their appointment. You can give your child paracetamol to lessen the side effects of the vaccine.

Prefer to book online or call? Get an appointment today

If you are registered for care at JHAH, you can book your vaccination appointment in MyChart. You can also call our contact center at 800-305-4444 and book a same day appointment.

JHAH offers the option of adjusting your second dose appointments for the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccinations to 21 days after receiving the first dose at JHAH.

Rescheduling vaccination appointment 

If you need to reschedule your vaccination appointment, you can do this until 24 hours before your appointment by calling 800-305-4444 and following the prompts.

JHAH Vaccination Centers

We encourage you to schedule an appointment before attending to ensure swift service. You can book on MyChart at any time of the day, or call 800-305-4444 Sunday to Thursday, between 7 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.

Al-Hasa
Sunday to Thursday, 7 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. 
Directions

Abqaiq
Sunday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Directions

Dhahran - Building 133
Sunday to Thursday, 7 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Directions
Note: Take exit from Dhahran Boulevard directly to building 133. There will be no access to the Vaccination Center if you pass through the Al-Munirah gate.

Ras Tanura
Sunday to Thursday, 7 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Directions

Vaccine Interchangeability: second dose from an alternative COVID-19 vaccine

In alignment with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) will administer the second dose to be similar to the first dose except in very exceptional circumstances. These exceptional circumstances are:

  • If the received vaccine brand is not available.
  • If a different vaccine type is administered unintentionally.
  • Those who experienced anaphylaxis reactions with the first dose of one brand of vaccine may be offered another vaccine if advised by MOH medical committee.

Vaccination Pre-appointment Guide

When to arrive

Please arrive at the JHAH COVID-19 Vaccination Center 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Access to the facility will not be allowed before this time.

Appointment confirmation

  • To confirm your appointment time when you arrive, please be prepared to display your appointment slip, or SMS/MyChart appointment confirmation.
  • Bring your government ID or Iqama for identification purposes.
  • Be prepared to display your Tawakkalna health profile when you enter the JHAH COVID-19 Vaccination Center.

Who can come to the appointment?

  • To maintain a safe and uncrowded environment we request that you come to your appointment alone, however, if you need assistance you may have one companion.
  • Only individuals aged 18 years or above will be granted access to the JHAH COVID-19 Vaccination Center.

Can I reschedule my vaccination appointments?

If you need to cancel or reschedule your vaccination appointment, you can do this until 24 hours before your appointment by using MyChart or calling 800-305-4444

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What are the tips before getting vaccinated?

  • Advise the clinician if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness.
  • Inform the clinician about your medical history if you have a chronic disease, such as diabetes or asthma.
  • Advise the clinician if you are taking medication and/or if you have allergies to any known vaccines or medications.

Vaccination certificate

JHAH registered beneficiaries will be able to access their COVID-19 vaccination record in MyChart.

If you receive your COVID-19 vaccination in a JHAH facility, the record of your vaccination will appear in the MOH National Vaccination Registry (SEHA) and you can request a print-out of your vaccination certificate from JHAH at the time of your second dose appointment, or subsequently by contacting the Medical Liaison Office.

According to the MOH, your vaccine status will be updated in Tawkkalna within 14 days of receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

After Care Information

Most side effects are mild or moderate and go away within a few days.

  • Some people may experience some redness or swelling at the injection site.
  • To relieve mild side effects, such as headache, muscle or joint pain, or fever, take paracetamol.

If you have a reaction to the vaccine for more than three days, or one that prevents you from being able to sleep, or work, you should contact your primary care doctor, or call the Nurse Care Line at 800-305-4444 and follow the prompts. You can also call The Ministry of Health at 937 for more specific information on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Go to Emergency if you have signs of an allergic reaction, such as rash, difficulty breathing, swelling of face and throat, fast heartbeat, or dizziness.

COVID-19 vaccination FAQ

The COVID-19 vaccines used at JHAH COVID-19 Vaccination Centers are the AstraZeneca and Pfizer BionTech vaccines. Different vaccines may be available in the future.

What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

There is no way of knowing how COVID-19 will affect your body if you get it but we do know that it can cause serious illness and complications and in some cases lead to death. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you and in particular people around you who are at increased risk.

How does the vaccine protect me?

When vaccination is given, your immune system creates antibodies to fight the disease and may enhance the immune system through other ways.

How long until you get protection from the vaccine?

After an individual receives the COVID-19 vaccine, the body will start the process of making antibodies right away. However, the process of building up those antibodies takes time.

If I already had COVID-19, should I still get a vaccine?

Even if you have had COVID-19 and developed natural protection or immunity against the virus, it is not known how long this protection lasts. Being vaccinated is still of benefit.

The COVID-19 vaccine is given by intramuscular injection.

If I already had COVID-19, do I need the vaccine?

Yes, as it is possible to get re-infected with COVID-19, you should get vaccinated. Medical advice indicates that you can receive a single dose 10 days after you have been infected by COVID-19.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 after my first dose?

If you contract COVID-19 after your first dose of the vaccine, you should wait until 10 days after you have been infected by COVID-19 before taking the second dose. Please contact the JHAH COVID-19 Vaccination team to re-schedule your appointment at 800-305-4444.

Is the vaccine safe?

  • The vaccines have been rigorously tested in clinical trials and is considered safe.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines has been approved by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority and other relevant bodies.
  • This vaccine is endorsed by the Saudi Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization. Scientists are constantly monitoring the use of the vaccine globally for potential health risks.

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No, it is not possible to be infected with SARS-Cov-2 and get COVID-19 from the vaccines currently in use in Saudi Arabia.

Is there a conflict between the influenza vaccine and the new COVID-19 vaccine?

There are no current studies that demonstrate the dual use of vaccines, so we advise against combining vaccines and setting 14 days between the vaccine and the other.

As recommended by the Saudi Ministry of Health and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) women who are pregnant, planning pregnancy, have just given birth, or breastfeeding, are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination is encouraged as pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared to non-pregnant women. Additionally, pregnant women with COVID-19 may be at an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, compared with pregnant women without COVID-19.

Vaccination provides pregnant women with  the best available protection from COVID-19. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, a conversation with your healthcare provider may help, but is not required.

Is it true that the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility?

There is no documented relationship between the vaccine and infertility.

There is no documented relationship between the vaccine and facial nerve palsy, and it was not classified as a side effect of the vaccine in the third phase of clinical trials.

Due to the current circumstances of the pandemic, the vaccine has been approved as a valid vaccine for use as emergency use authorization.

According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines.

An Individual who have recovered from COVID-19 and subsequently received an MOH approved vaccination dose are considered fully vaccinated, provided that no more than six months have passed since the individual recovered from COVID-19.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are not fully vaccinated.

Yes, it is possible. You may still transmit COVID-19 to others, even if you are vaccinated. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccination helps prevent you from getting sick if you contract the coronavirus that causes the disease. However, even after you complete your vaccination you may still be at risk of contracting the virus, carrying it asymptomatically and you could possibly transmit it to a person who is not immune.

Until research confirms how getting vaccinated affects our risk of spreading the coronavirus, follow the precautionary measures: wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is facilitating the transfer of COVID-19 vaccination data for citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia who have received COVID-19 vaccination doses outside of the Kingdom. Upon request by the vaccinee, MOH will analyze the data and, if verified, reflect it in the National Vaccination Registry (NVR) and the publicly available national health apps, Sehhaty and Tawakkalna.

How to request transfer of vaccination information

For citizens and residents to have their Out-Of-Kingdom vaccination information reflected in the National Vaccination Registry (NVR), Sehhaty and Tawakkalna, they must access the vaccination registration section in the Ministry of Health Portal  and fill in and submit the following information/documents:

  1. Copy of the first page of the passport (in PDF format)
  2. Copy of the vaccination record card (in PDF format)
  3. A Saudi mobile number
  4. Saudi Iqama or national ID number
  5. An email address

I received the first vaccine dose outside of Saudi Arabia

If a citizen or resident of Saudi Arabia has received a first dose of an MOH approved COVID-19 vaccine outside of Saudi Arabia, the vaccine is eligible to take the second dose in Saudi Arabia.

I have been fully vaccinated outside of Saudi Arabia

If a citizen or resident of Saudi Arabia has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 outside of Saudi Arabia with an MOH approved COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccine can request to have their immunity reflected in the National Vaccination Registry (NVR), Sehhaty and Tawakkalna.

I have received one vaccine dose and have previously had COVID-19

If a citizen or resident of Saudi Arabia has received a dose of an MOH approved COVID-19 vaccine outside of Saudi Arabia and has tested positive for COVID-19, the vaccine can request to have their immunity reflected in the National Vaccination Registry (NVR), Sehhaty and Tawakkalna.

MOH approved COVID-19 vaccines

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Oxford-AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Sources: Saudi Ministry of Health  Johns Hopkins University (JHU)  NHS Mayo Clinic

This FAQ will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

Care Lines

Nurse Care Line

If you need someone to talk to about COVID-19 vaccination or health-related issues – in English or Arabic – our caring and expert nurses are on hand to talk you through how to manage your condition at home, provide useful information, or direct you to an appropriate clinic.

Call 800-305-4444 and select option 3.

The Nurse Care Line is available Sunday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Ministry of Health

The Saudi Ministry of Health’s (MOH) FAQ webpage on COVID-19 vaccination.

Browse MOH

 

MOH COVID-19 Helpline

For more specific information on the COVID-19 vaccine contact MOH's COVID-19 helpline.

Call the helpline at 937

“Sehaty” App

Registering Saudi citizens and residents for free COVID-19 vaccine from MOH.

Download App

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University's (JHU) FAQs on COVID-19 vaccines from their Coronavirus Resource Center.

Browse JHU

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