UAE Covid vaccine: Over 40% residents get jab

Dubai - Almost half of the country's elderly population has been vaccinated as well.



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Dhanusha Gokulan

Published: Wed 17 Feb 2021, 12:46 AM

Over 40 per cent of the UAE's population has received the Covid-19 vaccine, a top official announced on Tuesday, February 16. Health authorities have also administered the vaccine to close to half of all the elderly residents in the country.

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Dr Farida Al Hosani, official spokesperson for the UAE Health Sector, explained: “About 48.6 per cent of the elderly population have received the vaccine, which is an achievement ... that will help the country reach herd immunity."

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All this is in line with the UAE's plan to vaccinate 50 per cent of its population by the first quarter of 2021.

This will help reduce the number of cases and complications resulting from the disease, said Dr Hosani.

As on February 16, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has administered over 5.19 million vaccine doses. The country's rate of doses per 100 people stands at 52.56.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention will continue to give priority to the elderly, residents with chronic diseases and people of determination.

Dr Hosani said the ministry would provide the second dose to all those who have received the first.


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