Thousands of UAE citizens and residents are preparing to get vaccinated as Dubai is rolling out a free Pfizer- BioNTech vaccination drive approved by the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP).
Pfizer-BioNTech’s first batch arrived in Dubai on 22nd December, transported by Emirates’ SkyCargo. It will be available at six Dubai Health Authority (DHA) health facilities, including 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 and Hatta Hospital.
“Our healthcare ecosystem has played an absolutely critical role in every step of the fight against COVID-19. I would like to thank everyone who has worked unceasingly over the last year to protect the lives of those most vulnerable against the disease. In recognition of their immense contribution for the wellbeing of everyone in the UAE, it has been our honour to transport these vaccines free of charge on our flight.”H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority
DHA says the first phase of the vaccination drive will be allotted to four categories. The first category includes Emiratis and senior residents aged 60 and above, people with chronic diseases and people of determination.
Next up, the second category includes frontliners in the public and private sectors, followed by the third category: vital-sector workers and lastly, the fourth category includes people who wish to get vaccinated.
Within a day since the first batch’s arrival, the first vaccines were injected to an 84-year-old senior citizen, a frontliner from DHA, an Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) driver and a policeman.
If you’d like to get get the vaccine too, book an appointment on the DHA app or call their toll-free number: 800 342.
(Featured photograph credit: WAM)