UAE Covid-19 vaccine: High demand for jab, says top official

Abu Dhabi - Over 3.5 million doses of the vaccine have been administered so far.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Tue 2 Feb 2021, 6:18 PM

The demand for the Covid-19 vaccine is on the rise in the UAE, a top government official has said.


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Dr Seif Al Dhaheri, spokesperson for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), said during a Press briefing on Tuesday that over 3.5 million vaccine doses have been administered so far.

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This is part of a national plan to vaccinate over 50 per cent of the country's population against the coronavirus in the first three months of this year.

”We emphasise that taking the vaccine has become a humanitarian and moral duty for all, for the health and safety of the community and in support of the national efforts to overcome this pandemic,” said Al Dhaheri.

Covid treatment

He added that the UAE is adopting the latest innovative treatments, enhancing the capacity of the health sector, expanding screening tests and providing medical and preventive supplies.

“The UAE is moving steadily and confidently towards containing the current pandemic and moving forward through the recovery planning phase with competence,” said Al Dhaheri.

Penalties for breaking Covid rules

Authorities stressed that the UAE’s precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 are to ensure a safe environment and return to normal life.

"We will witness more stringent procedures against violators in the coming period," warned the official.

"Compliance with precautionary measures by members of society is one of the most important tools to deal with the pandemic. Therefore, violators of these measures face penalties as a result of their negligence. This includes both institutions and individuals."

The UAE's safety measures also ensure that everyone spends a pleasant time in the country "within a safe and healthy environment".

"The UAE has remarkable services that any visitor or tourist can enjoy. It has succeeded in providing a safe tourism experience for visitors of different nationalities, enhancing its reputation and position among the best tourist destinations around the world," said Al Dhaheri.

He noted that dealing with the current health challenge and overcoming it requires solidarity and responsible community awareness. The most effective way to achieve this is through the vaccine.

”We call on everyone to abide by all declared measures to protect you, your families and your community and not to circulate rumours,” he said.

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