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Ministry of Health issues guidelines on eligibility and timelines for booster injections in UAE

The United Arab Emirates Department of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has released a guide on Covid-19 booster injections, encouraging all eligible people to receive their injections.

Dr Noura Al Ghaithi, official spokesperson for the UAE health sector, urged those who have received the Sinopharm vaccine, especially the most vulnerable categories, such as those with chronic diseases and the elderly over 50 years of age, to be vaccinated three months after their second injection. dose, adding that all other people over 16 years old should take the booster six months after their second dose.

Last month, MoHAP approved the emergency use of Sinopharm’s new recombinant protein vaccine CNBG. Produced and distributed by Hayat Biotech, a JV between G42 and Sinopharm CNBG, it is now available to the public as a booster dose.

Read: UAE Approves New Sinopharm Vaccine For Use As Booster Injections

“For those who have received the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine, it is recommended that all people 18 years of age and over be recalled with the same vaccine six months after taking their second dose, while those who have received should take the vaccine. reminder of either the same or a different vaccine six months after taking their second dose, ”she added, according to the state news agency WAM.

Those who have taken other types of Covid-19 vaccines have been advised to visit the nearest vaccination center to find out what type of booster they should take.

“Studies have shown that vaccine doses and booster shots help to dramatically reduce hospitalization and death rates and reduce mutations of the virus into new variants,” she added.

“We urge those eligible to take booster shots to protect themselves, especially the elderly and those with chronic illnesses, to support national efforts to contain the pandemic and the variants,” Dr Al said. Ghaithi.

She also urged members of the community to have regular Covid-19 PCR tests, especially before family visits and meetings with the elderly, and to refrain from shaking hands and other forms of physical greetings. .

She noted that the rate of fully vaccinated individuals in the country has reached 92.31%.

On Wednesday, MoHAP noted that 29,880 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had been administered in the previous 24 hours.

The total number of doses delivered to date is 22,750,991 with a vaccine distribution rate of 230.03 doses per 100 people.