Wednesday, September 22, 2021

UAE to offer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

The United Arab Emirates says it will provide a third dose of coronavirus vaccine to people who have been fully inoculated.

The UAE government said on Tuesday that the booster shot will be available to people six months after their second dose, and those considered at high risk after three months.

The country has already begun offering booster shots to people who have received two doses of the Chinese-developed Sinopharm vaccine.

Officials say the booster program will be expanded to individuals who have been inoculated with the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

The UAE government says nearly 80 percent of the people in the country have received at least one dose, but the daily tally of new infections remains high at around 1,500. Some governments are advising tourists not to travel to the Gulf state in principle.

The UAE is hoping for a revival of international travel as the World Expo is scheduled to open in Dubai in October.

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