Coronavirus Pandemic

Covid-19: How can you take the vaccine in UAE?

Tam KT/Dubai
Filed on January 8, 2021

Health authorities have assured that the vaccines currently being offered to all are safe and effective.

Every day, thousands of UAE residents — from top government officials to frontliners, other professionals and even teenagers — come forward to take the Covid-19 jab. In fact, just a month after the nationwide campaign was rolled out, the number of vaccine doses administered in the country is now fast approaching the one-million mark.

Health authorities have assured that the vaccines currently being offered to all are safe and effective. In an awareness guide that the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has circulated, it explained that all vaccines go through several stages of testing before they are approved for use. “The country has selected these vaccines on a scientific basis and has made sure to provide vaccines that meet safety requirements,” it said.

“The vaccine is currently the best, safest and most effective method to control the Covid-19 pandemic and stop it from spreading, to protect yourself and others,” the DHA added.

Covid-19 vaccination in the UAE is optional. Once you’ve decided to get the jab, here are things to remember before, during, and after the vaccination.

Before taking a shot, tell your doctor...

>If you have any symptoms such as fever

>If you have a medical history such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc.

>If you are allergic to any vaccine, food, medicine or substance OR if you carry a self-injectable adrenaline.

>If you are pregnant or you are planning to get pregnant within the next 3 months

>If you are breastfeeding

>If you suffer from an immunodeficiency disease or have a weak immunity.

Getting the jab in Dubai

>Register via the DHA app or call 800 342

>You will receive a text message with instructions and tips (if you meet the criteria)

>Make sure you read the consent form

The centre will check your vital signs when you arrive

>You need to wait at the clinic for 20 minutes after receiving the vaccine

>You will receive the first dose of the vaccine

>You will receive an SMS 15 minutes after you have finished your vaccination. The SMS will provide details of your vaccination certificate and the appointment date and time for the second dose of the vaccination. (Second dose is after 21 days)

What to expect after vaccination

>It is normal to have minor side effects during the first week after receiving the vaccine and these symptoms are common when taking any type of vaccine.

Here’s what to do in case of side effects:

>Take a paracetamol when you experience mild and moderate side effects.

>Use a cold compress to relieve pain at the injection site.

>If you have mild and moderate symptoms that persist for longer or severe symptoms despite the use of paracetamol, book a telemedicine appointment with the Doctor for Every Citizen initiative (via the DHA app or by calling the hotline 800 342)

>For emergencies, head to the nearest health centre or hospital.

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