Just before Christmas, it was announced that the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved to be administered in Dubai.

With the administering of the jab now well underway, many government officials have received the vaccine including the Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) Her Excellency Mona Al Marri, who received it last week.

The Pfizer-BioNTech jab has been made free for Dubai residents with clinical trials proving 95 per cent effectiveness. With that, a list of seven centres in the emirate offering the vaccine for free have now been outlined by Dr Farida Al Khaja, CEO of clinical support services and the nursing sector at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and chairperson of the COVID-19 vaccination steering committee.

 

 

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The Dubai Health Authority has now made it available at the following locations for Dubai residents:

  • Al Safa primary health care centre
  • Zabeel primary health care centre
  • Al Mizhar primary health care centre
  • Nad Al Hamr primary health
  • Al Barsha primary health care centre
  • Uptown Miriff medical fitness centre
  • Hatta Hospital

Who is eligible to have the vaccine?

Recently, the DHA outlined exactly who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

At present, senior citizens of all nationalities with a valid residence visa over 60 years are being prioritised to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Similarly, people with chronic diseases which include, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, liver and kidney diseases, hypertension, obesity and people with a BMI of 35 or more.

People with disabilities, often known as ‘people of determination’ in the emirates; frontline workers in the public and private sector, including medical staff, non-medical hospital workers, emergency services and employees in sensitive and vital positions, such as government employees working to tackle the pandemic are also eligible.

As per the scheduling for the vaccination, UAE residents can book an appointment through the DHA app or even the toll-free number 800-342 and visit dha.gov.ae for more information.

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