Coronavirus Pandemic

UAE Covid-19 vaccine is not mandatory, says ministry

Web Report/Dubai
Filed on January 2, 2021
Asif Khan Fazle Subhan, 37, a Roads and Transport Authority driver, was among the first Dubai residents to get the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine.

All your questions about Covid-19 vaccines answered - part 1.

The UAE has rolled out two Covid-19 vaccination campaigns to beat the pandemic.

Full list of centres to get free Covid jab in UAE

The Chinese Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine is available at all medical centres in the UAE, while Dubai’s free vaccination drive sees residents given the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention has answered a set of frequently asked questions related to Covid-19 vaccines. Khaleej Times has broken down the FAQs into two parts. Read the second part here.

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

Getting a Covid-19 vaccine can help protect you by creating an antibody response in your body. Getting vaccinated also might help protect people around you from Covid-19, particularly people at increased risk of severe illness from the virus and its complications.

Can I be infected with Covid-19 even after taking the vaccine?

No, you cannot get the infection according to the currently available studies. But keep in mind that for your body to build immunity, you should take two doses with an interval of 21 – 28 days between the first and second doses. Till now, there is no specific duration for immunity post vaccination.

Are there any possible side effects?

The use of the vaccine might cause some common side effects like pain in the injection site, fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pain and lethargy. Generally, the mild symptoms subside without treatment.

What should I do if I experience any side effects?

You can go to the nearest healthcare centre or hospital or contact the relevant health authority.

Who must not take the vaccine?

>> Those with history of severe allergy

>> Pregnant and lactating women.

>> Women who plan to get pregnant in the next three months.

>> Those with history of severe Covid-19 confirmed infection.

Is the vaccination mandatory or optional?

The vaccination is optional.

From which age can the vaccine be given?

From 18 years and above.

Importance of vaccines in general:

>> Vaccines protect children and adults from some infectious diseases and their serious complications.

>> They are the best and most successful medical interventions.

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