More than 150,000 people registered to receive the vaccine in a day, the day after the kingdom received its first shipment.
Saudi Arabia has launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign, the Ministry of Health announced a day after receiving two shipments of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
Al-Ekhbariya TV footage showed a man and a woman in a medical center in the capital, Riyadh, who were vaccinated on Thursday.
Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah received the vaccine shortly afterwards.
كوفيدالي وزير الصحة يتلقى لقاح كورونا (كوفيد -19). pic.twitter.com/LsgJ0g79YW
– @ ز ا و ا ل لـ صـ حـ السعودية (@SaudiMOH) 17th December 2020
Translation: His Excellency the Minister of Health receives the vaccine against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Saudi Arabia received its first two deliveries on Wednesday and was the first country in the Middle East to receive the vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German partner BioNTech. It approved the use of the vaccine last week.
The Saudi Arabian authorities asked people to register using a mobile application in order to be vaccinated. More than 150,000 people registered within 24 hours.
Citizens 65 and over, professionals at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure, and people with immunodeficiency and chronic diseases will be the first to receive the vaccine.
In the second round, people over 50, doctors and people with certain chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes will be vaccinated.
The rest of the population will receive the vaccine in the third phase, according to the Ministry of Health.
More than 360,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Saudi Arabia, which has a population of around 34 million, including 6,000 deaths.
Earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates started a vaccination program with another vaccine, Sinovac, after conducting trials with Chinese company Sinopharm.