Senior citizen Ali Salem Ali Aladidi receives the vaccine.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Dubai announced that it has commenced its COVID-19 vaccination campaign. The campaign will see the Dubai Health Authority providing the Pfizer- BioNTech vaccination, which has recently been approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration and registered by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.
In the first phase of the rollout of the campaign, the campaign will target four main categories; the first category includes Emirati and resident elders aged 60 years and above, people with chronic diseases and people of determination.
Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said that DHA has started an extensive vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in Dubai.
The authorities will use Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine which is free of charge. Booking is available through DHA App, or call the toll-free number 800342.
Adel Hassan Shukralla from Dubai Police receives the shot.
The first individuals to receive the Pfizer- BioNTech' vaccine were senior citizen Ali Salem Ali Aladidi, Shamaa Saif Rashid Alalili from Dubai Ambulance, Asha Susan Philip, a DHA nurse, Asif Khan Fazle Subhan, RTA driver, and Adel Hassan Shukralla from Dubai Police.
The second category includes frontliners in both the public and private sectors. The third category includes vital-sector workers and the fourth category includes members of the public who wish to get vaccinated. The vaccinations will be available at six Dubai Health Authority facilities.
The success of Dubai’s comprehensive measures to combat the virus has led to Dubai being one of the safest cities in the world. The emirate has undertaken critical preventive measures including rigorous implementation of monitoring, surveillance and quarantine protocols and also taken vital proactive steps such as increasing the COVID-19 PCR testing capacity to more than 80,000 tests per day.
The UAE said on Tuesday that it has administered 93,846 more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the past 24 hours and in the process has crossed the 2 million mark.
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