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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE Health Ministry has urged everyone to get the COVID-19 booster vaccine to help fight the spread of the virus in the country.
“We recommend the booster shot to all illegible individuals,” said the ministry official during the weekly media briefing on COVID-19 situation in the country,
The booster shot is an additional does given after receiving the primary doses of vaccine.
The shot re-exposes the body to antigens, which strengthens immunity to a level that allows it to recognise the virus and fight it off.
The authorities said that the announcement of booster shots aims to strengthen immunity, which in turn decrease the number of positive cases.
The ministry said that societal behaviour is of great importance as it plays a vital role in protecting everyone form the spread of the coronavirus and its variants.
The positive role played by members of society and their adherence to the preventative measure is on of the most important factors in UAE’s success in decreasing the number of infections.
It is possible to be re-infected by the same virus after recovery or after vaccination, the body develops antibodies whose validity varies from disease to disease, says ministry.
To date, 826,301 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, equivalent to 47,000 doses per day, and 8% of the country's total population.
The UAE has so far has provided more than 8 and a half million doses of vaccines of COVID-19. This was revealed during the weekly briefing on the coronavirus situation in the UAE on Tuesday.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention added that 163 patients have recovered from the virus over the past day, raising the total recoveries to 731,632.
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