Coronavirus: Dubai in major expansion of vaccine rollout

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Dubai on Tuesday launched a major new phase in the Covid-19 vaccine campaign.

Authorities said all resident visa holders over the age of 40 can register to receive the shot at Dubai Health Authority (DHA) facilities.

Officials also extended the scope of who can get vaccinated. Elderly residents over the age of 60 with a visa issued in any emirate can register, provided they can prove they live in Dubai.

Dubai authorities also expanded the age limits for vaccination to 16 years and above for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 18 and above for Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.

GCC nationals with a valid Emirates ID can also now get vaccinated at DHA facilities.

The UAE has been running one of quickest vaccination campaigns in the world.

It has administered more than six million doses since December and carried out 31 million tests since the pandemic began.

Case figures have remained below 3,000 for the past three days, having hovered above 3,000 for much of the year.

Authorities have taken strict action to curb the virus and even on Tuesday, Dubai announced Ramadan tents would not happen this year.

Dr Farida Al Khaja, chairperson of the DHA’s vaccination campaign, said the expansion was based on a strategic plan developed late last year, which outlines phases and timelines.

She said people can book an appointment through the DHA smartphone app or through the contact centre at 800 342.

With the new additions, the targeted categories include: all Emiratis (16 years and above); elderly residents aged 60 and above living in Dubai; all valid Dubai resident visa holders aged 40 and above; valid Dubai resident visa holders with chronic diseases or in the people of determination category (16 years and above); and frontliners and vital sector workers.

Updated: March 2, 2021 07:58 PM