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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Ministry of Health and Prevention succeeded in providing the vaccine to 3,480,415 residents, which is 44.89% of the target.
The vaccine was also given to 57.66% of residents over 60 years old.
More than five million doses were provided, specifically 5,668,264, with a distribution rate of 57.31 per 100 people, while the number of tests exceeded more than 29 million.
The health authorities said, “When the majority of the population becomes immune to an infectious disease, indirect protection for people in the community who are not immune to this disease will be provided due to the limited spread of the disease.”
Officials said community immunity is part of the indirect protection phases from an infectious disease and it occurs when a large proportion of the society acquires immunity to a specific infection, such as vaccinating.
The ministry said, “We confirm the effectiveness and safety of the vaccines that were approved in the country, especially for the elderly and people with chronic diseases, so we advise and encourage everyone to take the vaccine, as it is our safe way to recovery.”
Health specialists have reviewed and updated the procedures for discharge/ deisolation of people with COVID-19, or their contacts, which includes enforcing home quarantine for 10 consecutive days for those who have been in contact, even with a negative PCR result.
The ministry added that over 4-6 weeks the vaccine rollout will be focused on elderly people and those with chronic diseases who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19.
The vaccine will be called Hayat-Vax when manufactured in the UAE, but is the same inactivated vaccine from the Beijing Institute of Biological Product (BiBP), a unit of Sinopharm’s China National Biotec Group (CNBG), that the UAE approved for general use in December.
The availability of vaccines is one of the biggest achievements of UAE. To all for free and in various centers, which requires everyone to take the vaccine to achieve the goal of covering 50% of UAE's population in the 1st quarter of 2021.
"We call on the public to investigate the accuracy and always take data from their official sources and to refrain from questioning the efforts of all those who have worked to contain this pandemic,” says official.
The age group 30-40 years accounted for the largest number of permits issued (15,807 permits) which is equal to 41 percent of permits issued to all other age groups.
The Ministry stressed in a statement on Friday that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
The UAE is exerting significant effort to deliver relief to Somali regions affected by the drought caused by a lack of rain for three consecutive seasons.