Coronavirus: Sikh temple vaccinates Dubai residents

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The Sikh temple in Dubai carried out a second Covid-19 vaccine drive at the weekend.

Residents queued outside the Guru Nanak Darbar in Jebel Ali to receive their second dose of the Sinopharm vaccine.

The temple organised a three-day drive during the first week of February and vaccinated around 4,500 people after being inundated with requests for appointments.

Surender Singh Kandhari, the temple’s chairman, said all available spots for the Sinopharm shot were taken within hours of the offer being shared on social media.

The temple had sought permission to host a second event from Tamouh Health Care, one of the government’s approved vaccine partners, to accommodate everyone who applied to join.

Since then, the UAE has limited the first dose of the vaccine to elderly people and individuals with chronic diseases or disabilities.

The people who were immunised at the temple in February and were asked to return within 31 days for their second dose.

Almost 6.03 million doses of the vaccine have been administered across the UAE to date.

China’s Sinopharm vaccine was approved for use for all members of the public in the country on December 9.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, a collaboration between US pharmaceuticals company Pfizer and the German biotech company BioNTech, was registered in Dubai two weeks later as part of a phased campaign initially focused on vulnerable groups and key workers.

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine was approved for emergency use in January.

Dubai authorised the use of the Swedish-British Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in February.

Published: March 1, 2021 04:46 PM