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How and Where to Get COVID-19 Vaccine in UAE

All residents and citizens in the UAE now have access to the COVID-19 vaccine after the government has made it available to the public in all seven emirates, to increase their protection in case they get exposed to the virus.

Few months leading up to the New Year, the UAE was among the first few countries that have been actively engaged in research for the development of a vaccine against the devastating coronavirus, which has led us all to this pandemic for nearly a year now.

COVID-19 Vaccination in the UAE: Here’s Everything You Need to KnowCOVID-19 Vaccination in the UAE: Here’s Everything You Need to Know
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What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccination in the UAE

The voluntary program was launched in Abu Dhabi and has since been extended to Dubai and the rest of the Northern Emirates where residents can get free vaccination if so desired. In line with this, we will share some of the most common questions that many ask regarding the UAE’s vaccination program against COVID-19. Keep reading below to know more.

1. What is the vaccine(s) currently being offered in the UAE?

As of this writing, the vaccine that’s being offered in the UAE for free is the China-manufactured Sinopharm vaccine.

The program involves getting two shots of the vaccine, 21 days apart.

As per the UAE regulators, Sinopharm has 86% efficiency and was approved for use after Phase 3 trials found it was effective against coronavirus.

UAE-wide trials in the summer involved 31,000 subjects.

In Dubai, some residents are eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination.

Six DHA health facilities are authorized to administer the vaccine. These are the following:

    • The Zabeel Primary Health Care Centre
    • Al Mizhar Primary Health Care Centre
    • Nad Al Hamr Primary Health Care Centre
    • Barsha Primary Health Care Centre
    • Uptown Mirdif Medical Fitness Centre
    • Hatta Hospital

2. Who can get the vaccine?

As mentioned, all residents and citizens are able to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the UAE. They must be at least 16 years of age to be able to avail of the vaccine from any emirate.

Meanwhile, residents with underlying health conditions, those below the prescribed age, and pregnant women aren’t advised to have the jab but are also encouraged to consult with their doctor first if they decide to still go for it.

3. What are the required documents that you need to present?

To avail of the vaccine, you need to present your Emirates ID as well as health insurance or health care cards upon arrival.

For many health centers, appointments aren’t required while others will require you to book an appointment first.

4. How much does the COVID-19 vaccination cost in the UAE?

As of now, the government has rolled out a free vaccination program for all residents and citizens across the country.

5. Where can I get the vaccine?

Dubai (Pfizer vaccine)

    • Zabeel Primary Health Care Center
    • Al Mizhar Primary Health Care Center
    • Nad Al Hamr Primary Health Care Center
    • Al Barsha Primary Health Care Center
    • Uptown Miriff Medical Fitness Center
    • Hatta Hospital
    • Al Safa Primary Health Care Center

Abu Dhabi

    • All SEHA-run clinics as well as hospitals and clinics run by VPS Healthcare

Ras Al Khaimah

    • Rake XPO Center
    • Al Jazerah Health Center
    • Al Mamoorah Health Center
    • Al Manaie Health Center
    • Showka Health Center
    • Kadrah Health Center
    • Wadi Sifni Health Center
    • Al Rams Health Center
    • Saif Bin Ali Health Center
    • Al Humraniah Health Center
    • Al Nakeel Health Center
    • Al Digdagah Health Center
    • Shamal Health Center
    • Sports Hall
    • Sheikh Khalifa Hall
    • Alfareq Al Motanaqel
    • RAK Hospital

* Prior booking is not required in any of the above-listed establishments

Sharjah

    • Wasit Medical Center
    • Mughaider Suburb Council
    • West Tent
    • Sajaa Mall
    • Al Rifaa Health Center
    • Al Khalidiya Health Center
    • Alriqa Health Center
    • Sharjah Health Center
    • Alhamryeh Health Center
    • Nazwa Health Center
    • Albatayih Health Center
    • Wadi Alhelo Health Center
    • Lou Aluoayyah Health Center
    • Dibba Alhessan Health Center

* Prior booking is not required in any of the above-listed establishments

Ajman

    • Al Humaidiyah Centre,
    • Sheikh Khalifa Hall,
    • Mushairef Health Centre,
    • Al Manama Health Centre,
    • Muzaira Health Centre,
    • Amina Hospital,
    • Saudi German Hospital,
    • Prime Medical Centre EGM and
    • Thumbay University Hospital

Umm Al Quwain

    • Sheikh Khalifa Hall,
    • Falaj Almualla Health Centre,
    • Alrafa Health Centre, and
    • Alkhazan Health Centre

* Prior appointment is required in any of the above-listed establishments

Fujairah

    • Murashid Medical Centre,
    • Sheikh Khalifa Hall,
    • Dhadna Health Centre,
    • Al Khalibia Health Centre,
    • Al Madina Medical Centre,
    • Al Bidya Health Centre,
    • Murbah Health Centre MOH,
    • Al Qurayyah Health Centre,
    • Al Halah Primary Health Centre,
    • Tawyeen Health Centre,
    • Al Siji Primary Health Centre,
    • Wadi Al Sedir Health Centre,
    • Qidfaa Health Centre,
    • School Health Centre Fujeirah,
    • Dibba Exhibition Centre, and
    • Thumbay Hospital

* (Prior appointments are not required)

The rollout of the vaccine has just begun in some parts of the world. And with the emergence of the COVID-19 variant, it’s safe to say that we are still not yet out of the woods. Therefore, the utmost precaution and care must be exercised at all times. To achieve this, personal responsibility as well as due cooperation with authorities must be observed at all times.

And for this campaign to be effective, it’s crucial for all residents and citizens to do their part and contribute not to the spread but to the control of the virus. Have you been vaccinated yet? What was your experience like? Are there any tips you would like to share with others regarding the process of getting vaccinated in the UAE? Do let us know by leaving a comment in the section below. We’d love to hear from you!

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