The Ministry of Health and Prevention is urging all Emiratis and residents eligible for COVID-19 vaccination to start booking appointments for inoculation starting today, Sunday, March 21, now that the six-week priority entitlement given to people who are most at risk of infection is over.
Those eligible for vaccination, including citizens and residents aged 16 and above, can now get inoculated for free in any of the 205 vaccination locations available nationwide, the Ministry.
In the statement, the Ministry said it's incumbent on those opting for vaccination to get prior booking as those who are most vulnerable to infection will continue to be received by vaccination centres without prior booking.
The past six weeks saw a collaborative effort made by all health departments to prioritise those most at risk of infection, including the elderly and people with chronic diseases, such as heart, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses.
Dr Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, on Saturday, said that 72.89 per cent of elderly Emiratis and residents and those with chronic diseases have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and that 56.59 per cent of the eligible population have been inoculated against the disease.
In line with the Ministry's plans as well as the objectives of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign, to ensure acquired community immunity, the Ministry has urged all the eligible population to get vaccinated and to encourage their family members, friends and colleagues to follow suit for their common good.
The UAE has approved four Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use.
In addition, MoHAP is constantly working on getting the entire UAE population vaccinated as soon as possible.
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