100% UAE residents receive Covid-19 vaccine: Official clarifies what it means

The milestone was achieved on Friday



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Sahim Salim

Published: Sun 28 Nov 2021, 6:14 PM

The UAE has administered at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to 100 per cent of all eligible residents. The milestone was achieved on Friday.

However, this does not mean that all residents have been vaccinated, a top official has clarified. It means that most of the target groups are now protected against Covid-19.

In a special media briefing on Sunday, Dr Farida Al Hosani, spokesperson of the health sector in the UAE, said the country’s population keeps changing, with new work visa holders arriving on a daily basis. The authorities follow up with this category of residents to ensure that they are vaccinated.

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Additionally, several students are yet to receive the jab, despite vaccinations being open to children aged three and over. Moreover, a small category of residents is not eligible to receive the vaccine on medical grounds.

Earlier today, the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention announced booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech and Sputnik vaccines for all residents aged 18 and over.


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