Vaccination centers across the United Arab Emirates will focus on vaccinating the elderly and people with chronic conditions as part of a temporary measure amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, the state news agency WAM has reported.
According to a circular issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), the announcement was made in line with its vaccine rollout plan to ensure acquired community immunity and contain the disease.
The ministry added that over the coming four to six weeks, the vaccine rollout will be increasingly focused on inoculating as many as possible from both the elderly and people with chronic diseases who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19.
During this period, other segments of society may get vaccinated after prior appointment with inoculation centers available across the nation.
The Ministry called upon the families of the elderly people and those with chronic diseases to ensure their vaccination in order to protect their health.
Dubai received its first shipment of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, making it the third COVID-19 vaccine approved and offered by the UAE in its nationwide inoculation drive.
The vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, was manufactured in, and shipped to the UAE from India.
The UAE’s vaccination program is well underway, with more than four million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across the country.
The country has so far approved the Sputnik V, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Sinopharm vaccines and the inoculation drive is currently operating from over 100 different sites across the UAE.