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

After undergoing numerous clinical trials, the vaccine has been found to have 95 per cent efficacy. With that, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has 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 eligible 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.

 

 

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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.

However, there are certain categories which aren’t yet eligible to get the vaccine as per the DHA including pregnant women, nursing mothers, children under the age of 18, people with immunodeficiency diseases and more.

 

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At present, individuals receiving the vaccine require to have two doses spaced three weeks apart.

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