The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has released approvals for a number of pharmacies in the emirate to administer seasonal flu jab to eligible groups of the community.
By allowing pharmacies to administer the vaccine, DoH is continuing its efforts to increase the accessibility to preventive healthcare services in order to maintain the health and safety of all community members and avoid the spread of the virus.
With several pharmacies approved to administer flu jabs, DoH encourages community members to get vaccinated, as it is one of the most effective ways to prevent seasonal flu.
The Department is working closely with pharmacies in different areas of the Emirate to ensure the availability of vaccines in primary neighbourhoods.
The pharmacies include:
- Al Manara Pharmacy at YAS Mall
- Al Thiqa Al Almyiah,
- Al Thiqa Al Dowaliah
- Al Ain Pharmacy
Individuals over the age of 18 are eligible for the flu vaccine, free for Thiqa health insurance holders, health care professionals at high risk of infection, pregnant women, those over the age of 50 years old, and Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.
The DOH's electronic system tracks influenza cases in the community. The DOH's adaptation of pharmacies to provide influenza vaccination service extends receiving the vaccine to a wider section of the community.
As part of its efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, DoH began to administer vaccines and offer PCR testing at pharmacies last July to ensure the availability and accessibility of healthcare solutions to all community members.
The Department is calling on the public to take the seasonal flu vaccine ahead of the onset of winter, starting in December, during which this type of flu becomes more contagious.