Video: Dubai rolls out Covid-19 vaccine clinics on wheels

Dubai - Dubai aims to vaccinate 100% eligible adults against Covid by the end of the year.

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By Web Report

Published: Mon 8 Mar 2021, 7:24 PM

Last updated: Tue 9 Mar 2021, 12:23 AM

Two clinics on wheels are travelling to different areas in Dubai to administer Covid-19 vaccines. The clinics staffed by 11 nurses and doctors have vaccinated 7,688 people against the coronavirus in under a month.

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The Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) is carrying out the mobile vaccination drives in collaboration with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

The mobile clinics have been deployed as part of the Wellness on Wheels (WoW) initiative, a project launched by the MBRU to provide medical assistance. They administer the jabs across 11 vaccination points.

The move is in line with Dubai’s efforts to vaccinate 100 per cent of all eligible adults by the end of the year.

The vaccination drive has so far been conducted at multiple locations, including:

> Al Garhoud Private Hospital

> Oilfields Supply Center Ltd.

> SRG Holding Sheraton Grand

> DP World

> American Hospital Dubai

> McDermott Middle East

> Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).

The campaign will be covering more locations to "ensure its widest reach".

Staffed by volunteer healthcare specialists, the WoW clinics seek to expand access to healthcare services and provide medical assistance to blue-collar workers, orphans and other unprivileged individuals in the UAE.

Dr Amer Mohammed Al Zarooni, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Administration and Professional Services, MBRU, said: “The WoW mobile clinics are fully capable of administering the Covid-19 vaccine as per DHA standards. The mobile clinics will play a crucial role in expanding the reach of the vaccination drive and protecting more segments of the community through timely intervention."

Dr Amer, who is also the director of the WoW programme, added: “WoW is the first charitable mobile healthcare clinic funded by the community. We are very grateful to all the entities that supported the initiative through their generous donations."

Dr. Farida Al Khaja, CEO of Clinical Support Services and Nursing Sector at the DHA and Chairperson of the Covid-19 Vaccination Steering Committee, said the mobile clinics help enhance capacity and provide added convenience to community members.

Since its launch, the WoW initiative has provided a wide range of free services, including medical consultation and occupational health, dental and referral services. The initiative aims to hold more than 300 outreach events by 2025, bringing healthcare services to more than 100,000 beneficiaries across Dubai and the UAE.

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