Nakhira Obaid Saeed Al Dhaheri receives the COVID-19 vaccine shot on Thursday.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Emirati Nakhira Obaid Saeed Al Dhaheri, 97, received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Neama Clinic, which is run by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA).
Nakhira son said, “My father is 97 years old. He decided to take the vaccination like the rest of the family, and we encouraged him to do so, in support of the directives of our wise leadership and the efforts of the Abu Dhabi government.”
He added, "We visited Neama Health Centre, where the doctor made the necessary evaluation for the father before vaccination to ensure his health status, and then my father received the first dose of vaccination."
He explained, "From my experience with my father, I want to encourage all members of society, especially senior citizens and residents, to take the COVID-19 vaccination to protect them, and I advise them to take information from the official authorities and not pay attention to rumours."
As part of the continuous efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine is now available for all community members, except the following categories:
• Pregnant women
• Nursing mothers
• People with immunodeficiency diseases
• Woman planning to become pregnant within the near future (3 months from taking the vaccine)
• Children under the age of 18 years
• Those who are allergic (to any vaccine, food, medicine, or substance or those who carry self-injectable adrenaline)
Those who wish to get the vaccine shots can go directly to the healthcare centres during working hours, without the need of having a prior appointment.
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