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Iman Abdullah Al Ali, Staff Reporter
The corona vaccine is offered to everyone without a prior appointment and co-operation has been made with a number of hospitals and private centres to provide the vaccine for free, said Hussein Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Hussein Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for the health centres and clinics sector.
The vaccine is offered in government centres including Al Bait Metwahid in Umm Al Quwain, Expo Centre and Al Bait Metwahid of Idhn in Ras Al Khaimah and Al Bait Metwahid and Indian Association in Ajman, he added.
Co-operation has also been made with private hospitals for providing free vaccination to Emiratis and expatriates, he said, adding that in Sharjah, vaccination is provided at Al Zahra Hospital, Zulekha Hospital, Central Hospital, Saudi German Hospital, Burjeel Specialty Hospital, Prime Medical Centre and Thumbay Hospital, while in Ajman, it is offered in Amina Hospital and Saudi German Hospital.
This was announced during a telephone conversation with the Direct Line programme broadcast live on Sharjah Radio and TV.
“The health situation in the UAE is reassuring, and we call on everyone to abide by the instructions and precautionary measures. Our wise leadership has provided us with the vaccine in all centres and it is provided for free to everyone, both Emiratis and expatriates, even if they do not have health cards, and there is no need for prior appointments.
"The vaccine consists of two doses, the first when one visits the facility and the second after 21 to 28 days. The vaccine is secure and is offered to age groups from 18 years and above. There are doctors in the centres who examine visitors to make sure that the vaccine is suitable for them,” Al Rand said.
It is not advisable for pregnant and lactating women to take the vaccine, he said, adding that the ministry responds to all enquiries by the public through its hotline 80011111. There are no serious side effects of the vaccine, and the symptoms that occur on the first day only are natural and similar to those of any vaccine, he said.
Earlier, the ministry announced that the COVID-19 vaccine was available in all health centres across the UAE for all Emiratis and expatriates above 18 years, particularly the elderly and those with chronic diseases.
Sheikh Mansour thanked the teams working on the vaccination campaign and all frontline entities combating COVID-19 in the UAE, including the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Dubai Health Authority.
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