Pfizer Covid jab UAE: Dubai vaccinates first few residents

Dubai - Five residents get the jab.

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Published: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 3:37 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 4:07 PM

The first few residents of Dubai have got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19.

The Government of Dubai Media Office posted photos of residents getting the vaccine on Wednesday.

"@DHA_Dubai (Dubai Health Authority), in coordination with #Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis & Disaster Management, & the COVID-19 Command & Control Centre, begins Covid- 19 vaccination 'Pfizer- BioNTech' campaign," the media office tweeted as it shared the photos.

The tweets identified the residents who got the jab:

>> Senior citizen Ali Salem Ali Aladidi;

>> Shamaa Saif Rashid Alalili from Dubai Ambulance;

>> Asha Susan Philip, a nurse from the DHA;

>> Asif Khan Fazle Subhan a driver with the Roads and Transport Authority;

>> Adel Hassan Shukralla from the Dubai Police.

The vaccine — which is 95 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 — is administered in two doses.


>> 5 Dubai centres where you can get the jab

>> How to know if you’re eligible to get the jab

>> All you need to know about the jab being administered in Dubai

According to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) call centre, residents need to take an appointment to get the jab.

Adhere to precautionary measures

The DHA reiterated the importance of continuing to observe precautionary measures and leading a healthy lifestyle even after receiving the vaccine. It sought the community’s cooperation in ensuring sustained adherence with preventive protocols to strengthen the efforts of authorities to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Authority said that the success of its comprehensive measures to combat the virus has led to Dubai being one of the safest cities in the world. The DHA has undertaken critical preventive measures including rigorous implementation of monitoring, surveillance and quarantine protocols. It has also taken vital proactive steps such as increasing the Covid-19 PCR testing capacity to more than 80,000 tests per day.

The DHA emphasised that providing a vaccine is part of the Dubai government’s keenness to protect the public from risks of infection, which will contribute to global efforts to overcome the pandemic.

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