As the UAE continues its nationwide vaccination drive against COVID-19, it’s been announced by a top health official that there are movement restrictions being considered for those who are unvaccinated.

In a statement posted to the UAE’s National Crisis Emergency and Disaster Management Authority Twitter page, a statement was made by Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri.

It was stated by Dr. Al Dhaheri, “Strict measures are being considered to restrict movement of unvaccinated individuals and to implement preventive measures such as restricting entry to some places and having access to some services, to ensure the health and safety of everyone.”

 

The NCEMA also explained that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is “our best means to recover and return to a normal life”.

To date, the total number of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine given is over 9.7 million.

COVID-19 vaccines in the UAE

At present, there are four COVID-19 vaccines available in the UAE.

The first vaccine to be approved in the UAE was the Sinophram vaccine, followed by the Pfizer vaccine being permitted in Dubai towards the end of last year. The Pfizer vaccine is also now available in Abu Dhabi.

In January, Russia’s Sputnik V was approved for emergency use. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was approved for use in Dubai in February.

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