People may need to get COVID-19 vaccine yearly, according to Dr Farida Al Hosani, official spokesperson for the UAE Health Sector.
Dr Al Hosani made her remarks on Monday during a virtual panel discussion organised by the Maitha Bint Ahmed Al Nahyan Foundation for Community and Cultural Initiatives (MBAF), in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC).
With the emergence of new COVID-19 variants recently, the more mutant the virus becomes, the more is the possible need to take the COVID-19 vaccine yearly, said Al Hosani.
She referenced the mutant flu vaccine as an example which is given to communities every year.
Al Hosani revealed that some vaccines are given to people as young as 16 years and referred to ongoing clinical studies on three vaccines that could be administered to children in the future.
She revealed that between 40-50 percent of the people infected with COVID-19 do not feel any symptoms.
"Based on this, we have increased our focus on the older population. The earlier the detection of the virus among older people and those with pre-existing conditions, the more chance the virus can be contained."
Sheikha Maitha bint Ahmed bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Board Chairperson of the MBAF, praised the wise leadership's proactive vision for containing the virus and successfully providing the safe and effective vaccines.