Is Dubai's Pfizer Covid vaccine mandatory for all residents?

Dubai - Authorities in Dubai answer frequently asked questions related to its Covid-19 vaccination campaign.

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Published: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 6:06 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 6:30 PM

Dubai rolled out its free Covid-19 vaccine campaign on Wednesday. Residents are being given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was recently approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration and registered by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.

The Government of Dubai Media Office and the Dubai Health Authority have shared a video, answering frequently asked questions related to its Covid-19 vaccination campaign.

Who will receive the vaccine?

Priority will be given to:

1. Senior Emiratis and residents aged 60 and above

2. Individuals with chronic diseases and people of determination

3. Frontline workers — public and private sector

Will the vaccine be available for all Emiratis and residents in Dubai?


How can I get the vaccines in Dubai?

Book an appointment through the DHA smart phone app or call 800-342.

Where can I get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine?

Zabeel Primary Health Care Centre, Al Mizhar Primary Health Care Centre, Nad Al Hamar Primary Health Care Centre, Barsha Primary Health Care Centre, Uptown Mirdif Medical Fitness Centre and Hatta Hospital.

What is the cost of the Covid-19 vaccine?

It is free of cost.

Is vaccination voluntary or compulsory in Dubai?

It is voluntary.

Is it safe to take more than one type of Covid vaccine?


Can a person who was infected with Covid-19 take the vaccine?

Yes, but only after three months from the date of infection.

I received vaccinations for other diseases such as influenza. Can I take the Covid vaccine?

Yes, but there has to be a 4-week gap between the two vaccines.

Can I postpone my second dose of vaccine if I am not available in Dubai?

It is strongly recommended to complete the vaccine course. The second dose is scheduled 21 days after the first.

Are vaccinated individuals exempted from taking PCR tests for travel purposes?

No, they are not.

Can I stop wearing the face masks after taking the vaccine?

No, all precautionary measures remain in place.

Is it safe for people with chronic diseases to take the vaccine?

Yes, but consult your family doctor.

Is it safe to take the vaccine if I am on multiple medications?

Consult your family doctor.

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